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Jewish Music and Cultural Festival chai year fund-raiser The Jewish Music and Cultural Festival fund-raising party will be held on Sunday, June 25, at 4 pm, at the Syracuse home of Richard and Neva Pilgrim. Musicians Bonnie Abrams and Allen Hopkins will

play songs in Yiddish and English. JMAC will be held on Sunday, September 10, at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. The fund-raiser helps keep JMAC free. JMAC

updates can be found at www.syracusejewishfestival.org. There will be a charge to attend, and reservations have been requested by Thursday, June 15.

For more information, to make a reservation or for information on festival sponsorships or vendor opportunities, call Judith Stander at Jewish Federation of Central New York at 315-445-2040, ext. 114.

To celebrate its Campaign 1252, SJFS is bringing StoryCorps to Syracuse July 16-18 BY DEBORAH ELLIS To celebrate its Campaign 125 2, Syracuse Jewish Family Service is bringing StoryCorps to Syracuse from Sunday-Tuesday, July 16-18, in partnership with WRVO Public Media. Community members with a story or experience they would like to share have been invited to apply for one of 30 available time slots. StoryCorps’s mobile recording team will conduct 15 primary interviews, from July 16-18, at WRVO’s studio

at the SUNY Oswego MetroCenter in Syracuse. SJFS will facilitate and WRVO will record interviews, with 15 alternates, during the following weeks. Those selected will have 40 minutes to talk to a partner – a friend, family member or colleague – about a story or topic of their choice. WRVO will edit the sessions down to 3-4-minute stories, which it will broadcast locally and place on the WRVO website. All interviewees will receive copies of their interviews. The 15 primary in-

terviews will also be archived with the StoryCorps recordings at the Library of Congress. Bill Drake, WRVO station manager, said, “We share a strong affinity with both StoryCorps and SJFS to tell the stories of the human experience. We’re looking forward to helping bring this experience to Central New York residents.” To request an interview slot, members of the community have been invited to submit the application form on the

agency’s website at http://sjfs.org/ campaign125squared.php. The form is also available in hard copy at Menorah Park and other Jewish community locations; it can be scanned and e-mailed to info@sjfs.org, mailed to SJFS, 4101 East Genesee St., Syracuse NY 13214, or dropped off at SJFS. The application deadline is Friday, June 16. Those selected will be notified on or around Wednesday, June 28. For more information, contact Deborah Ellis at SJFS at 315-446-9111, ext. 234.

Trump’s pullout from Paris climate accords blasted by Jewish groups BY JTA STAFF (JTA) – President Donald Trump on June 1 said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, earning statements of dismay from critics, including Jewish groups who regard the pullout as a diplomatic and environmental disaster. Speaking that day at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the so-called Paris accords, signed by every country except for Syria and Nicaragua, place “draconian” financial and economic burdens on American businesses and taxpayers and give other countries a trade advantage over the United States. “As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States,” he said. “The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.” Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued a statement on behalf of the Reform movement saying the announcement was “an abdication of responsibility to address global climate change and is both physically dangerous and morally reprehensible. “The decision disregards vitally important environmental efforts to protect both our planet and the population, with consequences that will reverberate for generations,” wrote Pesner. “Reneging on the agreement diminishes U.S. lead-

ership and undermines longstanding alliances, placing an undue burden on other nations to address climate change.” American Jewish World Service, which advocates for people in developing nations, said such countries would bear the brunt of the severe storms, flooding, droughts and famine that a scientific consensus regards as the already apparent signs of the effects of man-made global warming. “The longer the U.S. denies climate change and fails to take responsibility for its outsized contribution to global warming, the greater the risk posed to the entire world, especially the poorest people on Earth,” said Robert Bank, president and CEO of AJWS, in a statement. Added Bank: “We stand proudly as Jews who cherish the Earth to object in the strongest terms to the president’s shortsighted and damaging decision. As American Jews, we will continue to raise our voices in solidarity with the people worldwide who have done the least to cause global warming but who suffer the most.” Following Trump’s announcement of the pullout, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, would be donating $15 million to the United Nation’s Climate Secretariat, which aids implementation of the Paris accords. The donation replaces the money the United States would have contributed. Bloomberg, the world’s 10th richest

person, serves as the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy for cities and climate change. In that capacity, he is coordinating climate efforts among local governments, including an American group of 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses that will submit an independent pledge to be included in the Paris accords, according to The New York Times. Vatican officials also signaled their dismay with Trump’s decision. The Catholic church “strongly supported” the climate accords. In May, the Union for Reform Judaism, AJWS and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life joined 20 other religious groups in urging Trump to adhere to the agreement, which was reached in 2015 and signed in 2016. The 195 countries that signed the Paris Agreement pledged to adopt nonbinding plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Republicans largely applauded Trump’s decision to pull out of the accords, although reports indicated that there was opposition among some of his closest advisers, including Gary D. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council; Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and unpaid adviser; and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson.

Neither Ivanka Trump nor her husband attended the announcement ceremony, which fell on the second day of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Both are observant Jews.

2017 Federation Annual Campaign Goal: $1,200,000 $1,215,692 as of June 5, 2017 E IT! D A M WE

To make a pledge, contact Jessica Lawrence at (351)445-2040 ext. 102 or jlawrence@jewishfederationcny.org.

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June 9............................... 8:25 pm...........................................Parasha-BeHa’alotcha June 16............................. 8:28 pm.........................................Parasha-Shelach Lecha June 23............................. 8:30 pm......................................................Parasha-korach

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PEARLMAN AWARDS GIVEN OUT The Dr. Gustave and Alice Pearlman Memorial Award was presented on May 20 at Shabbat services to two Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas high school seniors, Rachel Beckman and Danny Blumenthal, who met the requirements of reading Torah, participating in services, being involved with the United Synagogue Youth group and participating in advanced Jewish studies. Each awardee received a certificate and a monetary gift. The award was established by Alice Pearlman in memory of her husband, Dr. Gustave Pearlman, following his death in 2000. He was the congregation’s Torah reader for several decades, taught many b’nai mitzvah students and was considered a role model by many for Jewish learning and living for congregants of all ages. When Alice died last year, the award’s name was changed to memorialize her support of Jewish values as well. Beckman, the daughter of Karen and Marc Beckman, has been reading Torah at CBS-CS since she was a sixth grade student at the Syracuse Hebrew Day School, and has read Torah at least annually since then. This past year, she spoke from the bima on Yom Kippur. She has been an active member of the CBS-CS ACHLA USY chapter since eighth grade, and has served on the chapter board in a variety of positions. Beckman was a madricha (teaching assistant) at the CBS-CS Religious School for the past three years. She attended the Epstein School of Jewish Studies for six years and graduated in May. She has also served on the CBS-CS Chesed Committee and organized volunteer events for the CBS-CS USY chapter at the Ronald McDonald House. She volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Central New York and participates with the Syracuse Jewish Community Foundation teen philanthropy program. She will attend United Synagogue’s nativ gap year program in Israel next year, after which she will enroll at Binghamton University.

Temple Concord TEMPLE CONCORD TO HOST DIASPORA DINNER Temple Concord will host a Diaspora dinner on Monday, June 19, at 6:30 pm, at Erawan Thai Restaurant, 2724 Erie Blvd. E, Syracuse. Participants will be

able to eat Thai cuisine while exploring the history of the Jewish community of Thailand. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the TC office at 315475-9952.

D’VAR TORAH Three important leadership lessons Ona Cohn Bregman introduced Jose Bowen, president of Goucher College, at a May 22 CBS-CS program of jazz and Jewish music. The event was held in honor of the congregation’s 55th anniversary and its founding families. Bowen appeared in the program along with Larry Luttinger, Mike Dubaniewicz and Tom Brigandi, members of CNY Jazz. Cantor Paula Pepperstone added vocals to the performance. Ona Cohn and Bernie Bregman, the 13th family to join the congregation, back in 1962, sponsored the event. She said, “Perhaps this [Pearlman Award] is one of the greatest examples of the strength of the CBS-CS community, in which our members are so committed to perpetuating the future of Jewish children, they support us even after their passing.” Blumenthal, son of Judy Bernstein and the late Jeremy Blumenthal, has visited older adults at Menorah Park and prepared meals for Ronald MacDonald House guest residents. He has been an assistant counselor at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse summer camp, organized USY community service activities with his peers and has been a USY board leader. He attended the Rabbi Jacob Epstein School, read Torah during services, and led Musaf and Friday night services. He described a personal goal of “keeping Jewish traditions vibrant” as he moves forward in life. He will enroll at Harvard University in the fall.

BY ALAN SUKERT Leadership is a term that has been in the news a lot lately, with pundits on all sides of the political spectrum speculating on the leadership (or lack of leadership depending on your point of view) of this country being shown by the Trump administration. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you are on, we all hope that the leaders of our country will provide leadership that encompasses the needs of all of our citizens and addresses the myriad problems our country faces, both domestically and internationally. However, what lessons can our leaders use to learn what makes a good leader? Which of the thousands of books and gurus on the subject of leadership and what makes a good leader should our leaders follow? Each Shabbat, most of us read a prayer for our government, where we ask God to give our country’s leaders the wisdom of the Torah. Therefore, as Jews, we look to the Torah as the ultimate guide on leadership and what makes a good leader. Given that this week’s parasha is BeHa’alotcha, are there any leadership lessons we can learn? It turns out there are three very different leadership lessons we can learn from BeHa’alotcha. The first two provide valuable lessons on how one handles disappointment as a leader. The other deals with how to handle the demands of leading a large number of people. Let us start with how to handle disappointment. At the end of last week’s Torah portion, Naso, each of the 12 tribes’ princes was asked by God to give a dedication offering for the altar on the day that the altar was anointed, with

Temple Adath Yeshurun A t r i g h t : F o u r- y e a r- o l d Nathanael Finkelstein made a walking stick and “climbed Mt. Sinai” to celebrate Shavuot during Storah Time, the Jewish enrichment program of Rothschild Early Childhood Center at Temple Adath Yeshurun.

JEWISH FEDERATION SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT/CEO POSITION An executive search has begun for a full-time, on-site President/CEO for the Jewish Federation of Central New York. This position has overall strategic and operational responsibilities for Fundraising, Community Programming and Staffing. The President/CEO also functions as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York. The ideal candidate must be a visionary leader and a passionate advocate for the Jewish community. Salary and Benefit package negotiable. The Jewish Federation of CNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer. A complete job description may be found online at www.jewishfederationcny.org. Resumés may be mailed to: Jewish Federation of CNY: 5655 Thompson Road; DeWitt, NY 13214 Attention: K. Piirak or submitted electronically to kpiirak@jewishfederationcny.org. Deadline for submission is June 30, 2017.

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one important exception: Aaron was not asked to give an offering for the tribe of Levites. Although the Torah does not say it explicitly, the rabbis commented that Aaron, as the leader of the Levites, was disappointed that God did not ask him to provide a dedication offering on behalf of the priests. However, it is interesting that the Torah never registers a word – or even a hint – of that disappointment. Instead, the Torah tells how God commands Moses to tell Aaron that he (and his descendants) will have the honor of lighting the menorah, a very important task. We all know that not just at Chanukah, but that in the desert and later, in the holy land during biblical times, how important the menorah was, and still is, to the religious life of us Jews. What is interesting is that after God makes this command to Aaron, the next line in the Torah states, “Aaron did that, lighting the lamps to illuminate the menorah, as God commanded Moses.” In several commentaries, I read that the rabbis found the wording here interesting – God commanded Moses to tell Aaron to do it; and yet, it does not just say that “Aaron did as God commanded Moses.” It restates that Aaron did what Moses asked and lit the menorah. Why add that extra wording? The reason given by the rabbis was that Aaron carried out God’s commandment through Moses with great enthusiasm – an enthusiasm that never wavered the entire time Aaron was alive. He took great pride in doing the task correctly and to the best of his ability. What a great leadership lesson (actually two lessons) this is. Leaders will not always get the jobs they want when See “Lessons” on page 4 All articles, announcements and photographs must be received by noon Wednesday, 15 days prior to publication date. Articles must be typed, double spaced and include the name of a contact person and a daytime telephone number. E-mail submissions are encouraged and may be sent to JewishObserverCNY@gmail.com. The Jewish Observer reserves the right to edit any copy. Signed letters to the editor are welcomed: they should not exceed 250 words. Names will be withheld at the discretion of the editor. All material in this newspaper has been copyrighted and is exclusive property of the Jewish Observer and cannot be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Views and opinions expressed by our writers, columnists, advertisers and by our readers do not necessarily reflect the publisher’s and editors’ points of view, nor that of the Jewish Federation of Central New York. The newspaper reserves the right to cancel any advertisements at any time. This newspaper is not liable for the content of any errors appearing in the advertisements beyond the cost of the space occupied. The advertiser assumes responsibility for errors in telephone orders. The Jewish Observer does not assume responsibility for the kashrut of any product or service advertised in this paper. THE JEWISH OBSERVER OF CENTRAL NEW YORK (USPS 000939) (ISSN 1079-9842) Publications Periodical postage paid at Syracuse, NY and other offices. Published 24 times per year by the Jewish Federation of Central New York Inc., a non-profit corporation, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt, NY 13214. Subscriptions: $36/year; student $10/ year. POST MASTER: Send address change to JEWISH OBSERVER OF CENTRAL NEW YORK, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt, NY 13214.

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Table of Contents Jewish Federation of Central New York................................... Page 3A Federation Agencies Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center....................... Page 4A Jewish Family Service...................................................... Page 5A Schools Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School of Jewish Studies............ Page 6A Syracuse Community Hebrew School.............................. Page 6A Syracuse Hebrew Day School........................................... Page 6A Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York............. Page 7A Jewish Observer........................................................................ Page 7A Jewish War Veterans Post 131................................................... Page 7A Friends of Israeli Scouts............................................................ Page 8A Jewish Music and Cultural Festival.......................................... Page 8A Judaic Heritage Center of Central New York............................ Page 8A Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York................................ Page 11A Chabad of Oswego.................................................................. Page 11A Area Synagogues Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas....................... Page 12A Congregation Degel Israel.............................................. Page 14A Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse........ Page 14A Temple Adath Yeshurun.................................................. Page 13A Temple Beth El - Geneva................................................ Page 14A Temple Concord.............................................................. Page 13A Ahavath Achim Mikvah.......................................................... Page 11A Va’ad Ha’ir.............................................................................. Page 11A Local Jewish Cemeteries......................................................... Page 15A Women’s Organizations Hadassah........................................................................... Page 9A National Council of Jewish Women.................................. Page 9A Senior Living Menorah Park ................................................................. Page 16A Oaks at Menorah Park..................................................... Page 17A Syracuse University Hillel................................................................................ Page 10A Jewish Studies Program.................................................. Page 10A Sorkin Chabad House...................................................... Page 10A Kashrut Guide ........................................................................ Page 15A Advertiser Directory................................................................. Page 2A

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Jewish Federation of Central New York 5655 Thompson Rd. DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-445-0161 Direct Voice Mail to Departments: 315-445-2040 Fax: 315-445-1559 Website: www.jewishfederationcny.org President/CEO: Linda Alexander Federation as Communal Organization The Jewish Federation of Central New York is dedicated to nurturing a thriving Jewish community in Syracuse and throughout Central New York. Established in 1918, Federation will celebrate its 100th anniversary next June. Federation strives to build community and ensure the continuity of Jewish life by encouraging the participation of all Jews in activities offered by the Federation and its family of beneficiary agencies, area synagogues and other Jewish organizations. Today, Federation serves a community of about 7,000 Jews living in Syracuse and the surrounding area, as well as people in need in Israel and 60 countries worldwide. Federation is viewed as the central address for the Syracuse and Central New York Jewish community. Federation Board of Directors The Jewish Federation of Central New York Board of Directors works cooperatively with community leaders from synagogues and Jewish and civic organizations to identify community needs and help ensure that those needs are met. The Federation’s Community Relations Committee identifies and educates against antisemitism; maintains strong and positive interfaith relationships; advocates for Israel and world Jewry; and works to safeguard the civic, economic and religious rights of all Jewish people. Board members for 2017-18 include Adam Alweis, Marc Beckman, Mara Charlamb, Sidney Cominsky, Miriam Elman, Rabbi Daniel Fellman, Adam Fumarola, Alan Goldberg, Steven Goldberg, Mickey Lebowitz, Elliott Meltzer, Todd Pinsky, Carl Rosenzweig, Rabbi Evan Shore, Jef Sneider and David Temes. Linda Alexander serves as the President/CEO. Financial Goals Fund development is one of Federation’s most important activities. Increased financial support for vital programs and services is critical to the growth and sta-

Federation’s Shalom Syracuse Community Concierge Jacki Goldberg personally delivers welcome baskets to new Jewish members of the community. bility of the Jewish community. Through its allocation process, Federation makes funding decisions in the interest of the community’s needs, goals and priorities. Federation helps the community identify its philanthropic passions and provides a wide range of opportunities to fill them. The Annual Campaign is the backbone of Federation’s fund development efforts. In 2017, Federation surpassed its $1.2 million goal, thanks to the leadership of Campaign Chair Mark Wladis and his team of volunteer solicitors. Each year on Super Sunday, a one-day phone-a-thon, more than 100 volunteers gather to raise more than $70,000 for the Annual Campaign. Federation is grateful to generous community members for their support. Each contribution to the Annual Campaign supports a variety of programs provided by a network of local and overseas beneficiary agencies. Local agencies and programs supported by the Annual Campaign include the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, Syracuse Jewish Family Service, Syracuse Hebrew Day School, Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School of Jewish Studies, Hillel at Syracuse University, the Syracuse Community Hebrew School, Ahavath Achim Mikvah, Judaic Heritage Center, Syracuse Jewish Cem-

For the second consecutive year, Federation held a “friend-making” Chanukah event at the MOST – with a personalized climbing wall.

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eteries Association, the Jewish Observer, Jewish Music and Cultural Festival, Israel Independence Day celebration, InterFaith Works, Israel Experience program for teens, Friends of Israeli Scouts and the Beit Tikvah home for women with developmental disabilities. The Federation’s Community Program Fund offered grants to local Jewish agencies, organizations and synagogues for a total of $40,700 this year alone. Federation’s overseas partners are the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Agency for Israel and World ORT. As a member of the Jewish Federations of North America, Federation provides funding for the rescue and relief of Jews in need around the world, and assists those making aliyah to Israel. Thousands of people around the world are affected by a single gift to the Jewish Federation of CNY Annual Campaign. Federation offers community members the opportunity to continue their support of local and overseas agencies in perpetuity, through the Perpetual Annual Campaign Endowment (or PACE) program. A PACE gift creates a restricted endowment fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York dedicated to endowing a donor’s Annual Campaign gift. Federation also establishes emergency relief funds to offer a way for local community members to help when natural disasters and other catastrophes strike around the world. Federation distributes 100 percent of the money collected to its overseas partner agencies that provide direct services to victims. This year, the Federation will again offer funding to families for Jewish summer overnight camp experiences and scholarships for teens heading to Israel this summer. Community Activities Federation offers a wide range of social, cultural, educational, community service and fund-raising activities, and sponsors programs to help educate Jewish leadership and the entire community.

Federation coordinates the community’s annual Holocaust remembrance program, which honors and remembers not only those who were lost during the Holocaust (the Shoah), but also those who survived to share their stories with the generations that follow. In addition, the Yom Ha’atzmaut program, Israel’s Independence Day, is sponsored by the Federation. Next year, Federation looks forward to celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday. Through Federation’s Shalom Syracuse program, Community Concierge Jacki Goldberg personally delivers welcome baskets to new Jewish members of the community. Each welcome basket is filled with gifts for a new home, and information from Jewish organizations and synagogues, as well as local arts, leisure and entertainment venues in the secular community. Federation maintains an online community calendar, a comprehensive place to find all local Jewish events. Federation’s website is the first place to go for information about community events, services and activities, and to find links to a variety of news sources, as well as links to local, national and international Jewish agencies. As part of its extensive efforts to keep local Jewish residents safe, Federation maintains a communications network to facilitate the coordination of efforts between law enforcement agencies and local Jewish agencies in the event of a threat to the safety of the community. Federation also coordinates a “digital mapping” program of all Jewish structures, institutions and agencies in Syracuse and surrounding areas. Federation welcomes the energy, enthusiasm and skills of all those willing to work on behalf of the Jewish people. To learn more about the Jewish Federation of Central New York, its beneficiary agencies and other Jewish community resources, visit the website at www.jewishfederationcny.org or contact President/CEO Linda Alexander at 315-445-2040, ext. 130, or Lalexander@jewishfederationcny.org.

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Federation Agencies Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse 5655 Thompson Rd. DeWitt, NY 13214 Executive Director: Marci Erlebacher Phone List: JCC Front Desk: 315-445-2360 JCC Neulander Family Sports and Fitness Center: 315-234-4JCC (234-4522) Direct dial to departments: 315-445-2040 For membership inquiries, contact the membership director: 315-445-2360 Fax: 315-449-4539 Website: www.jccsyr.org Hours of Operation: Main Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8 am-9 pm, Fri. 8 am-6 pm, Sun. 9 am-5 pm Fitness Center Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30 am-9 pm, Fri. 5:30 am-6 pm, *Sat. 8 am-4 pm, Sun. 7 am-6 pm Pool Hours: Sun.-Fri. 9 am-7 pm, Lap Swim – Mon.Fri. 9 am-12 pm, *Sat. 10 am-7 pm During the JCC Camp Joe and Lynne Romano (June 26-August 18): Mon.-Fri. 3:30 pm-8 pm, Lap Swim – Mon.-Fri. 8 am-9 am, *Sat. 10 am-7 pm, Sun. 9 am-7 pm *Saturday hours are for the Fitness Center and pool only. No transactions of business or special activities are carried out during Shabbat. Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse: A place where everyone belongs. Share in a long tradition. Come to the place where the Syracuse Jewish community has come together for generations to celebrate, educate, organize and have fun. With programs and services for infants from 6-weeks-old to seniors, there is something for everyone at the JCC. Membership options vary. All memberships include use of the pool. Call 315-445-2360 to schedule a tour. JCC Neulander Family Sports and Fitness Center Meet your fitness goals with support from the JCC’s Fitness Center. Open seven days a week. Check out the all-new, state-of-the-art equipment, featuring more than 25 cardio machines; Keiser M3 bikes; comprehensive free-weight area and strength training machines; more than 50 group exercise classes offered weekly – including free regular TRX classes; banked indoor running/ walking track, clean showers and locker rooms; towel service; collegiate-size gymnasium (available to rent); open gym times; family gym; members’ basketball and more. Personal training, massage therapy and nutritional counseling also available. Free orientation and free

Certified swimming instructor Oren Hochstein (right) gave a swim lesson to Jagger Bell during summer camp last year at the JCC of Syracuse. All campers age 18 months through sixth grade participate in daily Red Cross swim lessons and free swim time in the JCC’s outdoor heated swimming pools.

fitness assessment for new members. SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit insurance fitness programs accepted. Call 315-234-4522 to schedule a tour. Pool and Swim Lessons The JCC’s outdoor heated pool is a great place for members and their guests to cool off, relax and exercise. Group, semi-private and private swimming lessons for infants, older children and adults are offered seven days a week through August. Swimmers of all skill levels are welcome. Swim JCC Fitness member Seth Goldberg (second from right) worked out as his personal lessons are taught by Red trainer, Joe Yager, looked on. At far left is Patrick Scott, JCC Sports and Fitness Cross certified instructors. director, with his client, Peter Hall. Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) enjoyable activities, sports, optional specialty camps for Fitness and recreation classes offered to children school-age children, swimming and field trips and more. age 3 and older include gymnastics, karate, basketball, JCC membership not required; discount for members. dance, soccer, rookie sports and sensory gym. Dance Teens classes include ballet, tap and jazz. Gymnastics features Teen programming strives to enrich the lives of teens preschool classes and a gymnastics team that participates in grades seven-12 by promoting an atmosphere of in competitions. recreation, education, volunteerism and entertainment. Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood The annual Battle of the Bands concert features local Development Program high school bands in a friendly competition. Learn, explore, develop and socialize with the Adults JCC’s ECDP, a comprehensive childcare facility and Adult programming offers a variety of social, culpreschool rooted in Judaic teachings and traditions. A tural and educational events such as defensive driving New York state-licensed program serving 6-week-old classes, guest lectures, art shows/sales, entertainment, infants through pre-kindergarten, the program features movie screenings, panel discussions and more. flexible enrollment (open 7 am-6 pm); professional, Senior Adults nurturing teachers; clean, secure facility; field trips; The JCC is the place for seniors to connect with new music programs; SMART boards in pre-kindergarten and established friends while broadening their horizons classrooms; available enrichment classes; and more. or simply having fun. The Bobbi Epstein Lewis Senior Before School Care Adult Dining Program, for ages 60 and older, is the only Offering Jamesville-DeWitt elementary students a senior nutrition program available outside of New York safe and comfortable place to go in the morning before City serving kosher meals five days per week. Lunch is the school day begins. This convenient and flexible offered Monday-Friday, and switches to Tuesday-Friday program includes free busing to school. during the summer. On Monday evenings during the After School Care summer, the Dr. Morton and Mrs. Libby Maloff SumThe JCC’s state-licensed after-school program for mer Senior Dinners are held at 5 pm. The JCC Senior children in kindergarten through sixth grade is fun and Dining Program is funded in part by the Onondaga educational, providing safe care for children until 6 pm. County Department of Aging and Youth and the New Children enjoy a healthy snack and supervised activities York State Office for the Aging and Administration for such as games, arts and crafts, help with homework, Community Living. sports, seasonal outdoor activities (weather permitting), The JCC also offers seniors opportunities to stay available enrichment classes and more. Busing is avail- active and involved in the community. Activities include able from most East-area schools. JCC membership not Mah Jongg, bridge, senior fitness classes, entertainers, required; discount for members. birthday celebrations and more. The Dr. Morton and Vacation Camps and Snow Days Mrs. Libby Maloff Senior Lunch and Learn series, held Children can make the most of their days off from periodically during senior lunches, offers presentations school with field trips, games, special events, and ac- on useful and timely information on a range of issues tivities during school holidays, breaks and unexpected facing seniors. snow days. Neighborhood Advisor JCC Camp Joe and Lynne Romano The JCC’s Neighborhood Advisor program offers The JCC’s summer day camp is held weekdays and outreach, information and referral services to seniors caters to three distinct age groups: early childhood camp age 60 and older living in DeWitt, Jamesville, Fayettefor children 6-weeks-old through those entering kinder- ville, Manlius and Minoa. This free, confidential service garten. The school-age camp is open to children entering provides information about programs available in the grades one-six. The SyraCruisin’ teen travel camp is community. It helps seniors obtain necessary services for young teens entering grades seven-10. Other JCC so they can live independently in their homes. The summer camp weekly options for teens and pre-teens program is part of the Onondaga County Department include the junior camp aide, camp aide and counselor of Adult and Long Term Care Services. in training (or CIT) programs. Both the camp aide and PJ Library® CIT programs require current JCC family membership to The PJ Library® (PJ for pajamas) is a nationalenroll. Summer camp at the JCC is filled with creative, ly-acclaimed literacy program started by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which gives free monthly Jewish bedtime stories, CDs and DVDs to families raising Jewish children ages 6 months-8 years old. The PJ Library in Central New York chapter also offers play dates and other family-friendly interactive events. PJ Library in Central New York is a program of the JCC of Syracuse and serves children in Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties. It is supported by the Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation, Jewish Federation of Central New York, Syracuse Hebrew Day School, and all local synagogues. For more For information on advertising, information and to sign up, visit www.pjlibrary.org or please contact Bonnie Rozen at e-mail pjcny@jccsyr.org. PJ Our Way is the newest chapter of PJ Library for 1-800-779-7896, ext. 244 or kids aged 9-11. Each month, kids visit the PJ Our Way bonnie@thereportergroup.org website to choose one book from a selection of four high-quality titles with Jewish themes. The books are then mailed to them and they can post comments and reviews online. Enroll online at www.pjourway.org.

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Jewish Family Service 4101 East Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13214 Phone: 315-446-9111, ext. 234 Fax: 315-446-1537 Office e-mail: info@sjfs.org Website: www.sjfs.org Director: Judith S. Huober Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm (4 pm closing, winter Fridays); evening counseling hours by appointment Syracuse Jewish Family Service at Menorah Park is the human services arm of the Jewish community. A notfor-profit agency, it is dedicated to helping individuals and families in the Jewish and general communities maximize their self-determination, realize their potential and live with dignity. With its origins in the United Jewish Charities of 1891, SJFS was incorporated in 1939 and is guided by the Jewish values of family, community, diversity, respect and autonomy. It provides holistic, preventive, wellness-oriented integration of social and human services offered from the heart of the Jewish community to all residents of Central New York. SJFS is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with Campaign 1252, a series of programs and events aimed at reconnecting with all of its stakeholders in this region and reinvesting its mission into the next 125 years as a thriving community. Read more in the Jewish Observer or on the SJFS website about the StoryCorps mobile recording studio July 16-18, 2017, and the fall ‘17 celebratory panel discussion on how stories are used to bring healing and well-being, as well as how narrative supports relationships. Placing emphasis on issues relating to aging, SJFS provides services on site at the Menorah Park campus and in community-based locations throughout Onondaga County. These services fall into four interconnected areas: ‹‹Planning and Navigating the Journey (care management: health, housing, services; bill paying, personal affairs assistance; Kosher Meals on Wheels; transportation, medical appointment accompaniment; Kol Chai) ‹‹Promoting and restoring mental health (individual, couples and family counseling; CNY PEARLS (evidence-based in-home depression care); learning groups; Family Wellness Connections; Family Time with the Family Service wellness events; Tachlis of Inclusion; ‹‹Supporting Brain Health and Living Well with Dementia (M-Power U: Early Memory Loss Day Program; social and cognitive support programs; depression care; learning groups; brain-health assessments) ‹‹Empowering the Team: Families, Professionals, and Ancillary Services (internship program with accredited colleges and universities; BeWell Institute workshops, courses and consulting; Planning to Flourish workplace seminars and clinics; caregiver support and consultation; team planning and coordination for clients, caregivers and professionals). M-Power U: A Learning Community for Early Memory Loss SJFS’s newest program, MPU is a social program for individuals experiencing early cognitive changes, such as mild memory loss or cognitive impairment or early stage dementia. A variety of activities includes memory and cognitive training, coping strategies, lifestyle choices for a more brain-healthy lifestyle and physical exercise. Scholarships are available for members of the Jewish community, thanks to the Jewish Federation of Central New York’s Community Program Fund. BeWell Initiative: Behavioral and Emotional Wellness Empowers Later Life BeWell integrates case management, therapy and counseling services, and family life and professional education through learning groups, CNY PEARLS and the BeWell Institute. It is the area’s only nonprofit program to focus holistically on psychogeriatric wellness, education and service needs for older adults and their families. CNY PEARLS, the Program to Encourage Active Rewarding LiveS, is the region’s only evidence-based geriatric depression program and is delivered to clients in their homes free of charge. Family Time with the Family Service In 2016, SJFS launched a new series of family-oriented events to extend wellness opportunities to the entire Jew-

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ish community. This year’s programs are coordinated with Campaign 1252. SJFS Programs ‹‹Agewise Solutions, a relationship-based program, empowers individuals and families to successfully navigate life transitions and manage issues of later life or disability. SJFS’s professional geriatric care managers offer personal support and guide individuals and families through care coordination and family liaison, arranging services and benefits, and managing household bills Attendees at a family painting event in SJFS’s Family Time with the Family Service and paperwork. ‹‹A Ride and More pro- series showed off their creations, but agreed that the process was even better than vides transportation (with the products. or without a patient advocate) to local medical appoint- staff and other service providers. SJFS provides overments and on errands, including grocery shopping. sight, Jewish programming and liaison to Beit Tikvah, ‹‹Kosher Meals on Wheels provides affordable, nutri- Menorah Park’s kosher group home. tious meals and regular social contact for senior adults Syracuse Jewish Family Service has a nondiscrimand individuals with disabilities who are unable to shop ination policy and provides services to people of all or prepare meals for themselves. backgrounds and economic levels. Services are pro‹‹EISEP (Expanded In-home Service for the Elderly vided on a sliding fee scale and third party insurance Program), administered through a contract with On- is accepted. SJFS receives funding from the Jewish ondaga County Adult and Long Term Care Services, Federation of Central New York, the United Way of provides non-medical care management to help seniors Central New York, the Onondaga County Adult and retain their independence and live in their own homes. Long Term Care Services, the New York State Office of ‹‹Community Hearts and Minds brings therapy and Aging, and program and client fees, as well as charitable counseling services to children, families, couples, contributions and other charitable underwriting. It is individuals and groups. a member of the Network of Jewish Human Service ‹‹Kol Chai coordinates community funds and other Agencies and the Human Services Leadership Council. resources to help members of the Jewish community prevent or recover from crisis or personal emergency. ‹‹The SJFS Volunteer Program puts hundreds of individuals to work each year in a variety of programs and capacities on and off campus. Internships and service learning are available in coordination with various accredited degree programs, companies and clubs, as well as court-mandated community service. ‹‹The Tachlis of Inclusion program reaches out to Jewish clients with special needs, bringing them Jewish holiday and cultural experiences, as well as training in Young and old turned out in fall ‘16 to “tap into their inner well-being” with cultural competency to residence Family Time with the Family Service’s Drumming Circle event.


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of general and Judaic studies complemented by a full range of co-curricular programs in technology, music, art, physical education and drama. Each child at SHDS is recognized as a unique learner with an individualized educational goal. The school’s mission is “… to teach, inspire and nurture future leaders of our Jewish community through an unparalleled academic experience guided by Jewish studies and values.” At 57 years old, SHDS is one of the oldest community day schools in the United States. Parents who enroll their chil- The SHDS Drama Club performs a full scale show each spring. dren at SHDS do so because of two factors: they want an educationally superior display maturity, confidence and knowledge. program and they want a superior Judaic program. Families with varying levels of observance and many The school’s curriculum and goals for general different racial, religious and ethnic heritages enroll their studies parallel and frequently exceed those of children at the day school, seeking a strong academic the public schools. The school’s staff is highly program and a values-based education. SHDS graduqualified, experienced and committed. SHDS ates not only continue their Jewish education after they students are encouraged to pursue their interests leave the school, but often take positions of leadership in the arts, and annually win awards for writing, in youth groups and as teachers in religious schools. art and science. The Judaic program is integrated Each year, SHDS graduates rank among the leaders of into every child’s day and includes total immersion their public or private high school classes and attend in Hebrew, as well as the study of Jewish ethics, some of the finest colleges in the country. The school’s Syracuse Hebrew Day School students celebrated Simchat values, customs, history, prayer and traditions. program provides a foundation for success in all aspects As graduates become bar or bat mitzvah, they of life and learning in the 21st century. Torah. 5655 Thompson Rd. DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-446-1900 E-mail: shds@twcny.rr.com Website: www.shds.org Head of School: Lori Tenenbaum The Jewish community’s future leaders are being created today at the Syracuse Hebrew Day School. A vibrant institution at the forefront of Jewish education in Syracuse, the school serves students from kindergarten through sixth grade, and offers a progressive program

The Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School of Jewish Studies P.O. Box 161 Syracuse, NY 13214-0161 Located at Temple Adath Yeshurun for academic year 2017-2018 on Tuesdays for grades 8-10, and Thursdays at Wegmans Café on East Genesee for grades 11-12 Phone: 315-766-0442 E-mail: EpsteinCNY@gmail.com Website: www.EpsteinCNY.org Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/EpsteinCNY Twitter: @EpsteinCNY Director: Cantor Paula Pepperstone Throughout the school year, Jewish teens from across the community gather at the Epstein School to see friends, further Hebrew skills, explore ethics and Jewish arts, learn Jewish texts and the wisdom our tradition can bring to current events, and prepare to be Jewish in the larger world. For more than 40 years, the Epstein School has provided all this and more. Study after study shows that ongoing Jewish learning through the high school years is critical to engagement in Jewish life as an adult. Teens are intellectually ready to wrestle with abstract concepts – and hopefully, enjoy the process – and grow to appreciate the complexities of the Jewish tradition. Highlights of the last three years have included the first two biannual, highly-subsidized Teen Taste of Israel trips (made possible by an endowment fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York); attending and discussing a local production of “Anne Frank”; the school’s third annual siyyum (celebration of learning), where students made multi-media presentations based on their classes; and “Packing for College,” which explored navigating being Jewish on a college campus, and was made possible by a Commu-

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nity Program Fund grant from the Jewish Federation of Central New York. Shalshelet (chain) links Epstein students while they are also madrichim (teachers’ aides) in the community’s religious schools and Syracuse Community Hebrew School, and increases their compensation. It is made possible through a grant from the Community Program Fund of the Jewish Federation of

Central New York. The Epstein School is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central New York, parents of students, donors and the community’s synagogues. Enrollment is open to any student in grades eight-12, and registration is available online at www.epsteincny.org. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm for grades eight-10, and on Thursdays, from 7-8 pm, for juniors and seniors.

Syracuse Community Hebrew School Located at Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas for 2017-2019 18 Patsy Lane Jamesville, NY 13078 E-mail: schs.syracuse@gmail.com Website: www.syracusecommunityhebrewschool. com Education Director: Shannon Small The Syracuse Community Hebrew School formed in the fall of 2014 as a joint venture of the three main collaborating synagogues, Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, Temple Adath Yeshurun and Temple Concord. Funding from the Jewish Federation of Central New York, the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation and the Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation have made it possible to keep the venture cost neutral to parents and congregations, a key goal of the initial process. The SCHS plans to rotate among the three member synagogues, spending two years at each location. In the fall of 2015, SCHS began its first two years at Temple Adath Yeshurun. This coming fall of 2017 will mark the third year of the school, when the school will move to Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas for the next two years. The school’s mission statement reads: “Syracuse Community Hebrew School will provide high quality Hebrew education to prepare students for Jewish life in synagogue and at home. The school will foster a sense of Jewish community throughout the Greater Syracuse area and engage students in grades 3-7, of all abilities and levels, in a creative learning environment.” The SCHS is an inclusive program and has experienced teachers and assistants in every class, a well-seasoned special education teacher and a special education assistant. The education director, Shannon Small, has made great efforts to ensure that every functional level be addressed and that every child be able to participate. The staff is confident that there is no educational challenge that cannot be addressed. The rabbis from the three sponsoring congregations share a combined message, “The SCHS was created to provide a high quality Jewish education to the Jewish students in our community. When we commit to educating our children, we are investing in the future of the Jewish people. This is an opportunity for our students to learn in an engaging environment and

Teacher Tamar Frieden helped students use the program “Prayer Tech” on the iPad in the classroom at the Syracuse Community Hebrew School. develop strong Jewish identities that will carry into adulthood. Our students will be coming from diverse backgrounds and it is important that we respect and understand our differences, as well as what we have in common. ‘Haverim Kol Yisrael,’ all Jews are connected, one to another and we are all part of the Jewish community. By working together, we can strengthen our community.” The SCHS is open to all Jewish children, whether they are members of the three organizing synagogues or not. For more information, or to become involved with the SCHS, contact Education Director Shannon Small at schs.syracuse@gmail.com; any of the board members listed below; or the rabbi or president of CBS-CS (315-446-9570), TAY (315-445-0002), or TC (315-475-9952). The Board of Directors includes Sam Young, president; Jeanette Myshrall, vice president; Steve Volinsky, treasurer; Alison Bronstein, secretary; Joely Kuss; Rebecca Oppedisano; Rachael Porter; and Diane Wladis. Ex officio board members include clergy and the education directors from each synagogue, as well as Small, the SCHS education director. To find out more, visit the website www. syracusecommunityhebrewschool.com.


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Communal Organizations The Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York Inc. 5655 Thompson Rd. DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-445-2040, ext. 130 Fax: 315-234-4350 E-mail: lalexander@jewishfoundationcny.org Website: www.JewishFoundationCNY.org Executive Director: Linda Alexander The Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York Inc., is celebrating its “Sweet Sixteen Year” in 2017. Founded in late 2001, it is a tax-exempt, not-forprofit organization established to help provide the fiscal structure needed to ensure the continuity and vitality of Jewish life in Central New York. It was designed to facilitate outright and deferred giving easy, personally satisfying and effective, while providing contributors the maximum income, gift and estate tax benefits allowed by law. The Foundation continues to operate at an extremely low overhead, thanks to the time and efforts volunteered by its trustees and committee members. The investment of the Foundation’s assets is managed by financial agents chosen by the Investment Committee for their performance and level of service. The Investment Committee has been chosen from among the most qualified

Jewish Observer 5655 Thompson Rd. DeWitt, NY 13214 Local Editor: Bette Siegel – 315-445-2040, ext. 116 Editorial fax: 315-445-1559 Editorial and change-of-address e-mail: JewishObserverCNY@gmail.com Advertising Representative: Bonnie Rozen – 800779-7896, ext. 244, or 607-724-2360, ext. 244 Advertising fax: 607-724-2311 Advertising e-mail: bonnie@thereportergroup.org Website: www.jewishfederationcny.org The Jewish Observer is published by the Jewish Federation of Central New York 24 times a year, with only one issue each in July and December, and is mailed free of charge to every known Jewish household in Central New York. It has been in print for more almost 40 years and is the main source in Syracuse of local, national and international Jewish news. The paper seeks to build and enhance a sense of local and global Jewish connection. The paper is available online on the Federation website, www.jewishfederationcny.org. Every community organization, synagogue and agency uses the Jewish Observer as a means of promoting its activities and programs. Advertising revenue and an allocation from Federation’s Annual Campaign help support the general costs of the publication, while the paper’s annual appeal to readers helps support the costs of local coverage. The Editorial Oversight Committee for the Jewish Observer is chaired by Bernard Bregman. Bette Siegel has been the local editor since 2000.

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professionals in the community. The Foundation currently administers more than 320 funds, including synagogue and agency funds, endowment funds, donor advised funds and B’nai Mitzvah Funds. To date, $16 million has been donated to the Foundation, with more than $10 million in grants distributed from donor advised funds to Jewish and non-Jewish charities – with 85 percent of that money staying right here in Central New York. One of the programs of which the Foundation board is proudest is its B’nai Mitzvah Fund program, which encourages teens to learn tzedakah at an early age. The program is offered to all youngsters celebrating their

bar or bat mitzvah each year. The goal is to give teens the opportunity to learn about the world of philanthropy and social action through hands-on involvement. Teens have the opportunity to contribute a minimum of $250 of their savings or bar/bat mitzvah gifts to set up a donor advised fund in their own name at the Jewish Community Foundation. The Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation agreed to match these funds for each teen, raising each fund to a minimum of $500. The teens may direct that donations be sent from their fund to any nonprofit organization, Jewish or not, local or out of town. In addition to individual distributions, a Teen Funders Committee, made up

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The founding members of the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York. Standing (l-r): Bernard Goldberg z”l, J. Jeffrey Solomon z”l, Philip Pinsky z”l, Mark Field, Sheldon Horowitch, William Pearlman, Warren Wolfson, Deborah Friedman, Nancy Belkowitz, Martin Irwin, Sheldon Kruth, Cheryl Patt, Linda Alexander, William Berinstein, Lynn Smith, Richard Friedman, Neil Bronstein, Debrah Shulman, Arnold Rubenstein and Sheldon Kall. Sitting (l-r): Howard Port, David Holstein, Alexander Holstein, Edward Green and Michael Balanoff.

Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Onondaga Post 131 5655 Thompson Rd. DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-445-2360, ext. 209 Office hours by appointment Post meets at the Jewish Community Center occasionally. Notices are sent out to members in advance. Post Commander: Bruce S. Fein Jewish war veterans associate themselves for a number of wide-ranging reasons: because they are Jewish veterans; to continue a proud tradition of Jewish-American patriots; to ensure that returning veterans, and all who came before them, receive the benefits and care which they have earned; to help poor and homeless veterans assume their rightful place in the community; to affirm Jewish military service to the U.S.A. for more than 350 years; to fight antisemitism at home and abroad; to stay informed on the latest developments in veterans affairs, foreign affairs and Israel through JWV press releases and the award-winning member publication, “The Jewish Veteran.” JWV works to ensure Jewish war veterans benefit from the myriad programs offered, including

scholarships for descendants of JWV members; a network of veterans’ service officers; member life and health insurance coverage and a prescription program; audio-visual library resources; the JWV disaster relief fund; care packages to service personnel; and a host of other programs that will make a difference in one’s life and the lives of others. Members participate in annual Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day observances. They are responsible for the placement of more than 500 American flags at the graves of local Jewish veterans for Memorial Day weekend, with the help of funeral home director Steven Sisskind and the Syracuse Hebrew Day School students. Every year, members participate in the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. They also provide American flags for any nonprofit organization requesting one. The Post is part of the larger JWV Western District Council, which includes Posts in Rochester and Buffalo, as well as the Department of New York and the national organization, which each hold an annual convention. Post 131 is also part of the Onondaga County Veterans’ Council.


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Central New York Chapter of Friends of Israel Scouts

6889 Hearthstone Lane Liverpool, NY 13088-5926 Phone: 315-457-7201 E-mail: MelindaL@twcny.rr.com Chairmen: Melinda and Bud Greenman Since 1985, the Central New York Chapter of Friends of Israel Scouts has welcomed the Tzofim Friendship Caravan to the area. Founded in 1919, the Israel Scouts was the first Zionist youth movement in Israel and the first egalitarian Scouting movement in the world, where boys and girls participated together. The first delegation was sent to the United States in 1958. These encounters planted the seeds that are being nurtured and cherished throughout North America almost 50 years later. Today, the Israel Scouts (Tzofim) remains the only non-political youth movement in Israel and is supported mainly by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Like Scouts the world over, the Tzofim are “always prepared� and learn the principles of “working with spirit� and “providing community service.�

Two summer programs have been developed for North America. One is a delegation of senior Israel Boy and Girl Scouts, who serve as counselors in camps throughout the United States. Delegates share their experiences and backgrounds with other counselors and campers, teaching them about Israel’s culture and history through songs, dances, games and group discussions. The second program is the Tzofim Friendship Caravan, which travels throughout North America, visiting summer camps and cities. While all members of the delegation represent Israel, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan members use song and dance as their means of expression. The Caravan is comprised of 10 musically-talented teens and two adult leaders. To become part of the Friendship Caravan, the Tzofim must go through a four-tier elimination process and are then selected based on personal interviews, their knowledge of Israel, English communication skills, general group interaction and leadership abilities.

After they are selected to be part of the Caravan, the young people rehearse weekly for four months in Tel Aviv, under the direction of entertainment professionals. By the end of the rehearsal period, they have attained the level of a professional entertainment troupe. A unique aspect of the Tzofim Friendship Caravan is the relationship that can be formed with the community. The local chapter strives to develop a partnership between Israelis and Americans from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures. Housing for the Scouts is arranged with a cross-section of local Jewish families. The hosting relationship goes beyond simply providing food and a bed. The host families become surrogate families during the Scouts’ stay. Combined with the opportunity for the Israeli teens to teach one-onone about Israel, this personal contact is considered invaluable. Local families have found that hosting an Israel Boy or Girl Scout, who are all 17 and going into their senior

The 2017 Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Friendship Caravan. year of high school, can create lasting memories.

Jewish Music and Cultural Festival c/o Jewish Federation of Central New York 5655 Thompson Rd. DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-682-8489 or 315-446-7810 E-mail: vickifeldman@gmail.com Website: www.syracusejewishfestival. org The 18th Annual Jewish Music and Cultural Festival will take place on the campus of the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse on Sunday, September 10. JMAC’s chai year will feature a variety of Jewish music, in-

cluding klezmer from Eastern Europe and contemporary Jewish music, on the Price Chopper Main Stage. Featured bands will include Lyla Cante-Judeo Flamenco, Adrianne Greenbaum and “Fleytmuzik,� the Keyna Hora Klezmer Band, and an ensemble featuring Joe Eglash. Festival goers will have the opportunity to purchase an updated selection of Lower East Side kosher food under Va’ad supervision, and catered by The Oaks Catering. The Open Hand Theater will bring some of its larger-than-life puppets, and children can enjoy the Price Chopper

hopper, as well as additional activities all day that will be hosted by the Jewish Community Center. More information on new activities will be forthcoming closer to the festival.

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5730 Commons Park Dr. East Syracuse, NY 13057 Phone: Howard Port, president, 315-449-1200 The Judaic Heritage Center was chartered in 2004 by the Board of Regents of the state of New York to operate as a historical society and a nonprofit educational corporation. The JHC has a 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption. Its mission is to preserve and disseminate the heritage of the Jewish community of Central New York, with a M.L. Oberdorfer Brass Company with two carloads of goal of fostering intergen- men circa 1920 from the B.G. Rudolph Papers, which erational awareness and are the plates used in his book, “From a Minyan to a knowledge of the heritage Community: A History of the Jews in Syracuse.� This of the Central New York is but one of hundreds of pictures in the archives of the Jewish community, and Judaic Heritage Center of Central New York. making that history come alive through publications, lectures the area. The archived materials housed and exhibits. at OHA are available for public viewing The JHC has collaborated with the On- and research by appointment. ondaga Historical Association to archive The JHC published “A Place That and preserve the JHC’s collection of Jew- Lives Only in Memory� by William ish manuscripts, photographs, historical Marcus, based on the earlier JHC exhibit documents, artifacts, letters, maps, books, on the old Jewish neighborhood of Syraudiotapes and other records relating to acuse’s 15th Ward. The book is available See “Heritage� on page 11A the history and culture of the Jews in


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Women’s Organizations Syracuse Chapter of Hadassah

Contact: Elaine Dubroff (www.hadassah.org) Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, was founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold. Hadassah works to advance health and medicine in Israel and promote healthy living in the U.S. It also works to define Zionism for the 21st century and to train and mentor the Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Hadassah projects in Israel include: ‹‹Hadassah Medical Organization, a world-renowned medical complex in Jerusalem, which provides medical

care to more than one million patients a year. It has a non-discrimination policy, providing medical care to both Jews and Palestinians, and is a major employer of Palestinians. HMO is internationally known for its pioneering medical research and its hospital, in addition to normal operations, has 20 operating rooms below ground that are impervious to biological and chemical attack. ‹‹Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem, which provides scholarships to train students in a variety of technical fields.

‹‹Youth Aliyah villages, which provide services to immigrants and at-risk children in Israel. Hadassah in the U.S. supports health advocacy, Jewish education and women’s issues. The organization also works to identify and encourage young leaders through Young Judaea and leadership training. It advocates on behalf of Israel, including at the U.N., sends influential secular leaders to Israel and sponsors curriculum watch for public school texts. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.

National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Syracuse Section Contact: Cantor Francine Berg Phone: 315-446-6612 E-mail: songberg@hotmail.com The National Council of Jewish Women is a national organization of volunteers and advocates which, inspired by Jewish values, strives to improve the quality of life for women, children and families, and safeguards individual rights and freedoms. Founded in 1893, NCJW has been at the forefront of social change – championing the needs of women, children and families, and taking a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women’s and human rights, and reproductive freedom. Among the challenges Americans and the world face are poverty, injustice and violence. Although significant, these challenges are not insurmountable. Committed to social justice, peace and human rights, NCJW hopes to leave the world a safer, more inclusive and more prosperous global community. Locally, the Greater Syracuse Section annually honors a woman in the community with the Hannah G. Solomon Award, which is given to someone who has changed the lives of others through leadership efforts and services on a community level. Orit Antosh was the 2016 recipient. Beginning in 2008, a tradition was instituted at the Hannah G. Solomon luncheon, when attendees were asked to bring items for the Onondaga County Child Protection Services Agency to the luncheon. The first year was a successful community event. Suitcases were collected for children involved in the child protective system. In subsequent years, luncheon attendees were asked to donate children’s clothing and outerwear, as well as baby items, to Onondaga County Children’s Division. At the Hannah G. Solomon luncheon honoring Antosh, the NCJW, Greater Syracuse Section At-Large

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National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Syracuse Section, current and past Hannah G. Solomon Award winners. continued its efforts on behalf of youngsters in Central New York by asking members and luncheon guests to bring items to donate to McCarthy@Beard, a program run by the Syracuse City School District. In addition, NCJW, Greater Syracuse Section, has been the recipient of a $2,000 Pomeranz Trust Challenge Grant asking NCJW to raise $1,000. These funds are used to purchase staple necessities for foster children in Onondaga County’s Children’s Division. With the Pomeranz Grant and the Challenge Grant, more than $3,000 worth of winter clothing and other necessities were donated to the county program. Continued from page 8A

information tables. Interested vendors should contact Judith Stander at 315-4452040, ext. 114, for information. The festival is free, thanks to sponsors that include Jewish Federation of Central New York; CNY Arts; the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse; the Paul B. and Georgina H. Roth Charitable Foundation; the Reisman Foundation; a grant from State Senator John DeFrancisco; Key Bank; and the Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation. Corporate sponsors include Price People strolled among the vendors at the Jewish Music and Chopper, M&T Bank and the Jewish Observer. Cultural Festival in 2016.

The Greater Syracuse Section has worked with Syracuse Jewish Family Service at Menorah Park to help implement, fund and provide volunteers for the Tachlis program, a religious inclusion program for almost 125 Jewish individuals with exceptional needs who reside in Central New York group homes. Most of these individuals have no families or guardians to expose them to, or provide them with, Jewish traditions and values. The program educates the professional staff that oversees these group homes in regard to Jewish traditions, values, foods, holidays and celebrations, and encourages the importance of Jewish communal participation for their Jewish clients. In 2016, Syracuse Section donated funds to assist Menorah Park’s Outreach Community Nutritional Program. The goal was to present a series of classes focusing on improving the nutritional quality of foods purchased, instruction on how to prepare these healthier foods, and education on potential for improved health outcomes with higher quality nutritional intake. NCJW was one of the founding organizations that established the Museum of Science and Technology in the 1960s, and then funded and helped with the creation of the Children’s Room. For more information about NCJW, contact Cantor Francine Berg at songberg@ hotmail.com.


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University-Affiliated Organizations Hillel at Syracuse University Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life 102 Walnut Place Syracuse, NY 13210 Phone: 315-422-5082 Fax: 315-422-5083 E-mail: hillel@suhillel.org Website: www.suhillel.org Building business hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-6 pm, Fri. 10 am-5 pm Rabbi: Leah Fein Hillel is the center of Jewish life on the Syracuse University campus and offers social justice, religious,

Hillel holds a Passover seder in the SU Dome annually. Typical attendance is more than 400.

cultural and social programming. In addition to focusing its efforts on the 3,000 Jewish students attending Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Hillel actively reaches out to other regional academic institutions, including, but not limited to, Cazenovia College, Onondaga Community College, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Le Moyne College. Students at Hillel are engaged and empowered to celebrate Jewish life by participating in Shabbat, High Holiday services, traditional holiday meals and Passover sederim. Hillel also offers social action programs, informal Jewish learning, lectures, speaker events on campus and more. In addition to serving undergraduates and graduate students, Hillel at Syracuse University also offers an array of programs to the Syracuse Jewish community and the community at large. The Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life at Syracuse University is a 16,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located at the corner of Walnut Place and Harrison Street. Shabbat services are open to the public and, during the academic year, start at 5 pm on Fridays with a community candle lighting. Shabbat dinner follows services. Reform and Conservative services are led by student leaders. Shabbat dinner includes a vegetarian option and reservations are required by the previous Wednesday.

FreshFest, a program run through Hillel at SU, is the largest pre-orientation program at Syracuse University. It allows incoming students to It allows incoming students to become comfortable with Syracuse before most students arrive, and start making friends. To learn more about the Shabbat dinners, or to make a reservation, visit Hillel’s website, www.suhillel.org. For information about upcoming events, contact the Hillel office at 315-422-5082, or visit Hillel’s website, www.suhillel.org.

Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University 441 Hall of Languages Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 13244-1170 Phone: 315-443-1011 Fax: 315-443-8093 Website: http://asacademics.syr.edu/JewishStudies/ requirements_JewishStudy.html Director: Zachary Braiterman Contact: zbraiter@syr.edu Administrative Support: Arts and Sciences Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Programs The Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University offers a wide variety of classes, a minor in Jewish studies and a major in modern Jewish studies. The interdisciplinary program explores Jewish history, culture and religion. Faculty research and teaching focus on the Hebrew Bible, modern Hebrew and Yiddish fiction, European and American literature, Israel studies, and modern Judaic thought and culture. The director is Professor Zachary Braiterman. Core faculty members include B.G. Rudolph Endowed Chair Ken Frieden, Harvey Teres, Miriam Elman, James Watts, Sanford Sternlicht, Laurence Thomas, with affiliated

faculty members and adjunct instructors Sarah Barkin, Erella Brown-Sofer, Samuel D. Gruber, Michael Barkun, Alan Goldberg (emeritus), Amos Kiewe, Jaklin Kornfilt, Laura T. Marhoefer, Yuksel Sezgin and Karina von Tippelskirch. The program depends upon generous support from the Holstein Family Endowment, the Harrison G. Levin Endowment and the Arlene and R. Raymond Rothman Endowment. The Benjamin Fellowship underwrites an assistantship for graduate work in Judaic studies. In addition, the annual B.G. Rudolph Lecture in Jewish Studies has brought speakers such as Israeli writer Etgar Keret and Professors Robert Alter, Benjamin Harshav,

Paul Mendez-Flohr, Moshe Rosman and James Kugel to the university. Among the program events are lectures on campus, field trips and klezmer concerts. Graduate and undergraduate students may submit Holocaust-related essays to the annual Kalina Prize competition. The Jewish Studies Program works closely with Syracuse University Press on the book series “Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music and Art.” Faculty members offer numerous lectures and presentations in the community, and the program has played a key role in raising funds for the Norwich Jewish Center Restoration Project.

Sorkin Chabad House

825 Ostrom Ave. Syracuse, NY 13210 Phone: 315-424-0363 Fax: 315-424-0309 Secondary address: 113 Berkeley Dr. Syracuse, NY 13210

Services: Fridays, April-October at 7:15 pm, November-March at 6 pm; Saturday minyan 10 am; during June, July and August, call first before Shabbat to confirm availability of services. E-mail: chabad@syr.edu Website: www.chabadsu.com Facebook: Chabad House at Syracuse University Rabbi: Yaakov and Chanie Rapoport The Sorkin Chabad House offers a Jewish “home away from home” atmosphere where students can enjoy Shabbat and holiday meals, coupled with conversation and stories. The Shabbat table, one of the many Chabad functions, is a setting for young Jewish men and women to meet and socialize. Whether on a Friday night or during the week, guest speakers provide an opportunity for students to expand their horizons, meet new people and become more Jewishly connected. The Sorkin Chabad House includes the Charney Great Room for Shabbat meals, classes and other gatherings, the Weinstein Davening Center and the Chava Rapoport kitchen, where the Shabbat and yom tov meals are prepared. There is also a student lounge, library and activity room. Guest speakers have included Zvi Bielski, son of Zus Bielski, one of the Bielski partisan brothers whose story was told in the movie “Defiance”; Dan Alon, one of the five surviving Israeli athletes of the ‘72 Munich Olympics massacre; Dr. Yisroel-Ed Suskin, an authority on marriage and relationships; Rabbi Laibl Wolf, an international lecturer on Jewish mysticism; Yaffa Eliach, author of Chasidic tales of the Holocaust; Rabbi Emanuel Schochet, an international lecturer and author of more than 70 books and articles on Jewish law, history and mysticism; Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, author of “Bringing Heaven Down to Earth”; and stand-up comedian Richard Morris, who has appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman” and was one of the show’s original writers. Morris spoke about comedy and his return to Torah observance. The Sorkin Chabad House’s primary activities include Shabbat and yom tov services (Friday night and Saturday minyan); Shabbat and yom tov meals; challah baking; weekly “pita and parasha” classes; a series of classes on

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Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York 113 Berkeley Dr. Syracuse, NY 13210 Phone: 315-424-0363 Fax: 315-424-0309 Secondary address: 825 Ostrom Ave. Syracuse, NY 13210 E-mail: chabad@syr.edu Website: chabadsyracuse.com Director: Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport Educational Director: Chanie Rapoport Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York is the Syracuse branch of ChabadLubavitch International. Chabad is actively working to assure a Jewish tomorrow by bringing Jews closer to the joy of Torah and Jewish traditions in more than 63 countries. Chabad’s underlying doctrine is ahavat Yisrael – love, care and concern for the Jewish people. Pioneers in reaching out to Jews and Jewish communities, Chabad makes no distinction between Jews – all are welcome. Chabad’s mission is to enrich the Jewish identity of each and every Jew regardless of affiliation or level of observance. Chabad’s primary activities include Kosher Awareness Week; home kashering service; mezuzah authenticity check; provision of kosher mezuzot and tefillin; public Chanukah menorah lightings in Hanover Square, Hancock Airport and

area malls and shopping centers; olive oil pressing workshop; hospital and nursing home visitations; community Purim dinner; Passover experience and model matzah bakery; Jewish life exhibit at the New York State Fair; shofar making workshops; bat mitzvah club; publication of the Jewish art calendar and the Jewish holiday guide newspaper; and various ongoing classes on Torah and mysticism. The most important mitzvah or commandment in Judaism is to learn Torah. Chabad offers multiple adult education classes, including “Exploring the Talmud,” at the Sorkin Chabad House on Tuesday nights at 8 pm; “In the Garden of Torah,” a weekly Torah study class held at the Jewish Community Center on Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm; and a weekly downtown lunch and learn on the “Psychology of the Soul” at the State Tower Building on Thursdays at noon. Chabad also offers a number of sixweek mini-series throughout the year on topics such as “Introduction to Jewish Mysticism,” “What do Jews Believe,” “Fundamentals of Jewish Faith,” “Introduction to the Talmud,” “Light Out of Darkness” and “The Other Side of the Holocaust.” Chabad also offers one-on-one tutorials on Jewish prayer, how to put on tefillin, the fundamentals of Judaism and other

Chabad of Oswego 56 Franklin Ave. Oswego, NY 13126 Phone: 315-342-3330 Cell: 315-236-2116 E-mail: rabbi@jewishoswego.org Website: www.JewishOswego.org Directors: Rabbi Yossi and Chana Madvig Friday dinner: September-May at 5:30 pm (students only) Saturday kiddush/lunch: SeptemberMay at 12:30 pm (everyone welcome); June, July and August, call first to confirm availability. Ten years ago, Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Central New York, selected Rabbi Yossi and Chana Madvig as directors of Chabad of Oswego. The organization is dedicated to helping strengthen the feeling of Jewish community in Oswego in every way possible. Chabad of Oswego offers week-

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for purchase at synagogue gift shops and OHA. Another project was gathering the stories of Jewish war veterans who served in World War II and archiving their video interviews. In 2014, the JHC completed a 90-minute documentary video titled “Stories from the Syracuse Jewish Community,” created and filmed by Jay Lurie, which is also available for sale. The most recent project is the production of a new 90-minute video, “People and Places,” also created and filmed by Lurie. It will be available later this sum-

ly Shabbat meals, complete with singing, stories and inspiration. The warm and friendly atmosphere has earned it a reputation as a “home away from home” for students and families alike. Chabad of Oswego offers educational opportunities that give students a chance to connect to their rich heritage though stimulating Jewish learning. For Oswego community children, there is a Hebrew school, holiday story and craft hour, and bar or bat mitzvah lessons for pre-teens. The Chabad House also hosts a Jewish lending library with novels, biographies, books on Jewish philosophy, Jewish history and Jewish law. To find a book, call Chabad or search its database at www. librarything.com. If you’re in or near the Oswego area, give the rabbi and rebbetzin a call, and visit Oswego’s Jewish oasis. Continued from page 8A

mer. Also, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Central New York, JHC is working with the Onondaga Historical Association to create a permanent exhibit at the OHA on the “Jewish Contribution to the Community.” The JHC is looking for volunteers to help it with its mission and seeks memorabilia from the public to add to its collection. For more information, contact Howard Port at 315-449-1200 or Sidney Lipton at 315-682-8489.

areas of Jewish knowledge. For children, there is dial-a-Jewish story (424-0333) and the Chaya Mushka Children and Youth Lending Library.

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Chabad offers for sale (by appointment) books and Judaica, in addition to mezuzot and tefillin at the Sorkin Chabad House. Call 424-0363 for more information.

The Ahavath Achim Mikvah

The Ahavath Achim Mikvah provides Central New York with a beautiful and modern mikvah that maintains an ancient custom. The mikvah corresponds to the mikvahs found in Israel that are more than 2,000 years old. A mikvah is a crucial component of a Jewish community, serving as the mainstay of family purity and as the culminating activity of traditional conversions. The Ahavath Achim Mikvah is heavily used by The Ahavath Achim Mikvah is on the grounds new brides, converts and families of Menorah Park. who follow Jewish family purity values and traditions. It is also available used by visitors from all over the world. on the eve of the High Holidays, as well Those interested in using the mikvah – or as on Friday afternoons for men who wish learning about this ancient, beautiful and to undergo a ritual purification as part of meaningful tradition – can contact Rose their spiritual preparation. Rosenzweig at 315-475-7606, Chanie The mikvah is a community facility Rapoport at 315-424-0363 or Janice Levy serving all of Central New York and is at 315-329-0191.

The Syracuse Va’ad Ha’ir 4313 E. Genesee St. DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-446-6194 E-mail: rabbi@stocsyracuse.org Rav Hamachshir (Rabbinic Administrator): Rabbi Evan Shore The Syracuse Va’ad Ha’ir provides kosher supervision to products and institutions, certifying them for the kosher consumer. mashgichim (supervisors) are employed by the Va’ad Ha’ir to ensure that establishments adhere to the highest standards before the symbol certifying acceptability can be applied. The following are the local establishments under the Syracuse Va’ad Ha’ir: CONSUMER CLIENTS: ‹‹Bagel Lovers Inc. (Ithaca) ‹‹BJ’S Bakery (only items marked with a KOF-K sticker) ‹‹Carvel, East Genesee St., DeWitt ‹‹Fins and Tails Seafood Store (fresh whole fish only) ‹‹Harrison Bakery ‹‹It’s a Confetti Party – Shira Shenberger ‹‹Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center Senior Apartments Inc. (The Inn)

‹‹Jewish Community Center of Syracuse ‹‹Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center at Menorah Park ‹‹Jewish Home of Central New York, Residential Living Inc. (The Oaks) ‹‹Olive on Brooklea (Olive oils that are marked as kosher) ‹‹The Oaks of DeWitt (breakfast, lunch and dinner available) ‹‹The Pita Factory (under the OU) ‹‹Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life at Syracuse University INDUSTRIAL CLIENTS: ‹‹Benbow Chemical Packaging Inc. ‹‹Express Wash Inc. ‹‹General Chemical LLC ‹‹Natrium Products Inc. ‹‹Keith Titus Corporation – Page The Va’ad also provides kashrut supervision services on a one-time basis to any agency requiring such services. To receive up-to-date kashrut news, updates and alerts, e-mail jedda@aol.com. Those with any kashrut questions, concerns or problems should contact Rabbi Evan Shore at rabbi@stocsyracuse.org or 315-446-6194.

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Synagogues Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas Location: 18 Patsy Lane, Jamesville, NY 13078 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 271, DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-446-9570 E-mail: office@cbscs.org Website: www.cbscs.org Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-5 pm, Fri. 9 am-4 pm Rabbi: Andrew Pepperstone – rabbi@cbscs.org Rabbi’s Study: 315-446-5125 Rabbi Emeritus: Daniel A. Jezer President: Norma Feldman – president@cbscs.org Program Director – director@cbscs. org Kadima/USY Advisor: cbscsusy@ gmail.com, cbscskadima@gmail.com Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas is a welcoming egalitarian synagogue dedicated to the active participation of its members in all areas of synagogue life. An inclusive congregation, CBS-CS promotes Jewish values and encourages the growth of its members by offering a variety of interactive religious services, educational offerings and social events with the aim of building community and enriching the life of each member. CBS-CS works to engage and support people from all walks of Jewish life, regardless of knowledge or background. Members of the community are welcome to attend services and participate in the many educational, holiday and social events offered. Service Schedule Friday Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv services at 6 pm, preceded by Asefat Shabbat (schmoozing and a

quick nosh) at 5:45 pm; Shabbat services on Saturday at 9:30 am; and the Syracuse daily Conservative service on Sunday at 9 am. The community is invited to services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as all major Jewish holidays. There is babysitting on Shabbat mornings, as well as on the High Holidays. Clergy Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone, CBSCS’s spiritual leader, sees the synagogue as an entry point into Jewish life for everyone and seeks to establish meaningful relationships with, and between, members of the congregation. Ritual Life CBS-CS encourages the active participation of congregants of all ages in all aspects of services, including frequent interactive Torah study. Several times a year, Zmirat Shabbat gives participants a Friday evening experience enhanced with musical instruments. Monthly Shabbat dinners foster a sense of community. Once a month, people gather for a Shabbat morning meditation. Following services, there is a monthly Shabbat Spot with a light lunch when congregants stay longer to schmooze, play games and participate in Lunch and Learn programs. Home minyanim are arranged for families sitting shiva after the death of a loved one. Jewish Festivals Jewish festival celebrations are geared to all ages, from introspective events for Tisha B’Av and Selichot, to the musical celebration of Simchat Torah. Cantor Paula Pepperstone serves as the hazzan for Selichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom

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CBS-CS USYers enjoyed an afternoon scavenger hunt at Destiny USA. Kippur, as well as major festivals. There are multi-generational celebrations for Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim and Shavuot. Religious School The CBS-CS Religious School, which meets Sunday mornings from 9 am-noon, provides educational experiences that are warm, inviting, thought-provoking, creative, flexible and interactive, and helps connect students to their Jewish heritage, culture and community. Each Sunday morning ends with an interactive multi-media prayer service. Students in third through seventh grades attend the Syracuse Community Hebrew School on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. Youth Programming CBS-CS seeks to transmit a love of Judaism to its children through enjoyable and meaningful activities, and to establish a sense of community among their families. Kadima, the Conservative Movement’s youth group for fifth-eighth-graders, holds events and outings, including engaging in social action programs. USY (United Synagogue Youth), for ninth-12th-graders, engages teens in social and educational activities, including regional conventions, overnight trips to other chapters and participation in community service projects. The congregation provides subsidies for all children who attend regional conventions. CBS-CS seeks to keep post-high school young adults connected to Jewish life with Jewish holiday mailings.

Adult Programming Adult programming offers an extensive program of courses and lectures taught by Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone, other Jewish professionals, outside specialists, and many talented and knowledgeable congregants. Programming includes Hebrew reading classes and a variety of small study and discussion groups. CBSCS will bring Joey Weisenberg, creative director of Mechon Hadar’s Center for Jewish Communal Music, to Syracuse from April 27-29, 2018. CBS-CS is a member of the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (or ACTS), a coalition of religious and non-profit organizations working for social change in the local community. Rabbi Pepperstone is currently the co-chair of its Clergy and Faith Leaders Caucus. The Chesed Committee provides meals for families sitting shiva and those who are ill. CBS-CS Hazak provides a variety of activities with Jewish themes in the areas of entertainment, education and culture, as well as the opportunity to socialize for adults ages 55 and over. CBS-CS Sisterhood Sisterhood includes women of all ages and interests. The Sisterhood provides funds for synagogue activities, assists youth through camperships for Jewish summer experiences, and sponsors a wide range of educational, as well as enjoyable, programs throughout the year. Sisterhood plants a tree in Israel in honor of a new baby and provides the first Shabbat dinner for the family.

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Temple Adath Yeshurun 450 Kimber Rd. Syracuse, NY 13224-1899 Phone: 315-445-0002 Fax: 315-446-0667 E-mail: info@adath.org Website: www.adath.org Religious School: 315-445-0038 Rothschild Early Childhood Center: 315-445-0049 Rabbi: Paul Drazen – rabbidrazen@ adath.org Rabbi Emeritus: Charles Sherman Ba’alat Tefillah: Esa Jaffe – ejaffe@ adath.org Director of Education: Shannon Small – ssmall@adath.org Executive Director: Barbara S. Simon – barbara@adath.org Temple President: Chaim Jaffe, co-president and Andrea Knoller, copresident Director Rothschild Early Childhood Center: Alicia C. Gross – alicia@ adath.org Temple Adath Yeshurun, “Congregation of the Righteous,” a Conservative synagogue affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, serves the spiritual, educational and social needs of its members, and provides a gathering place for the people of Central New York. It was founded in 1867 by a group of young men, mostly from Neustadt, Poland. For almost 50 years, Temple Adath Yeshurun occupied the corner of South Crouse Avenue and Harrison Street until its move to its present location on Kimber Road. The current building, designed by architect Percival Goodman, was dedicated on June 20, 1971. Temple Adath was chosen to participate in the USCJ-Ruderman Inclusion Action Community. Its building is fully accessible for wheelchair users, is equipped with a hearing assistance system, and provides large print prayer books and transliterated prayer books. Service Schedule Temple Adath hosts Syracuse’s Conservative daily egalitarian services (co-sponsored by Congregation Beth

Sholom-Chevra Shas), Monday through Friday at 7:30 am (followed by breakfast) and 5:30 pm. Sunday services are at 9 am (at CBS-CS) and 5:30 pm. Kabbalat Shabbat services are held on Fridays at 5:30 pm. Shabbat morning services are at 9:15 am; end of Shabbat service times vary with sunset. Call the TAY office or check www.adath.org for the Saturday evening service times. Babysitting is available every Shabbat. Mishpacha Shabbat is a monthly program for youth, which includes a tot service, junior congregation for children in kindergarten-sixth grades, and participation by b’nai mitzvah and teens in the main service. TAY has a long history of using music to enhance services and prayers. Several times a year, Ba’alat Tefillah Esa Jaffe, accompanied by a klezmer-style band, leads a high-energy Friday night service, Shabbat in the Round, as well as musical Shabbatot on Saturday mornings. The TAY lay choir often participates in Shabbat and yom tov services. There is open seating for High Holiday services and youth services are offered, as well as babysitting. Selichot services have included speakers or premiers of movies. L’dor V’dor… Our Youth, Our Future TAY invests considerable resources in nurturing its young people. Tot Shabbat, a monthly Friday night child-oriented service, is followed by a dinner for tots, parents and grandparents. Torah Tots, a monthly Sunday morning program, is geared to the celebration of holidays. Temple Adath Yeshurun Religious School includes grades pre-kindergarten-seventh grade and meets Sundays from 9 am-noon. It is an inclusive school that provides accommodations to students with diverse learning needs. The hands-on, interactive curriculum teaches Hebrew reading, prayer, Bible, Israel, lifecycle events, Jewish holidays and music. Sixth-graders learn trope and there are special b’nai mitzvah programs and workshops for sixth-graders

Volunteers made hamantashen for Purim.

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910 Madison St. kindergarten through seventh grades meet Syracuse, NY 13210 Sunday from 9 am-noon. Temple ConPhone: 315-475-9952 cord’s students in third-seventh grades Fax: 315-475-9954 participate in the Syracuse Community E-mail: office@templeconcord.org Hebrew School, a joint venture with Website: www.templeconcord.org other area synagogues, meeting weekly Office Hours: Mon.-Wed. 9 am-5 pm, on Wednesdays, from 4-6 pm. Temple Fri. 9 am-3:30 pm Concord also participates in the Rabbi Rabbi: Daniel J. Fellman – Jacob Epstein School for Jewish Studrabbifellman@templeconcord.org ies. Building upon classroom curricula, Cantor/Educator: Cantor Kari programs are offered for families to build Siegel Eglash – cantoreglash@ connections with each other and integrate templeconcord.org the lessons learned in the classroom into President: Jeanette Myshrall – everyday life. Temple Concord offers president@templeconcord.org many opportunities for families to conChief Administrative Officer: nect to each other, as well as to the rich Cheri Lass – administrator@ Jewish tradition through Shabbat meals, templeconcord.org Havdalah and Shabbaton programs, and Founded in 1839, Temple Concord, holiday events. the only Central New York congregation JYG (Junior Youth Group) and TYCon affiliated with the Union for Reform (Temple Youth of Concord) for children in Judaism, is the ninth oldest Jewish fifth-12th grades plan social, educational congregation still active in the United and social action activities. TYCon teens States. The 105-year-old sanctuary, regularly participate in NFTY (North placed on the National Register of His- American Federation of Temple Youth) toric Places in May 2009, resounds with regional events. The synagogue also has the joy of Jewish life. Temple Concord a Sisterhood and a Brotherhood, both of serves a large and diverse membership which have monthly programs and are from Central New York. Everyone is involved in many synagogue activities. welcome, be they Jews by birth or by Seniors can participate in the Seasoned choice, someone seeking to learn about Citizens group. Judaism, or someone who is part of an The Lois Arnold Gale Library houses interfaith relationship. more than 3,000 volumes, ranging from The synagogue is alive with people of toddler board books to talmudic texts. all ages studying and singing; engaging One of the largest collections of Judaic in informal discourse during Torah and resources in Central New York, the library Talmud study; learning about Judaism; contains a variety of media. A section of studying Hebrew; or conversing with the library is dedicated to TC lifetime friends during the oneg Shabbat or outside member Louis Marshall, considered one the Judaica shop on a Sunday morning. of the most powerful American Jews of Lifelong Learning the 20th century. Temple Concord also Adults regularly participate in work- houses the Rakov Museum collection of shops and classes, including Torah study artifacts. The sanctuary’s aron hakodesh every Saturday morning before Shabbat houses Torah scrolls saved from destrucworship, Tuesday Talmud at 12:30 pm tion during the Holocaust. and regular Sunday morning classes Temple Concord also annually prestaught by Rabbi Daniel Fellman, all ents three monthly series that are free of which offer an opportunity for Jews and open to the public. The Regina F. and other community members to learn Goldenberg Cultural Series presents asabout Judaism and its customs, culture, sorted musical performances, classical, See “TC” on page 15A theology, values and history. Sessions for those interested in conversion are available. Adult Hebrew classes offer multiple levels of Hebrew that teach an understanding of Jewish liturgy, along with building Hebrew fluency and translation skills. The synagogue offers high quality, educational experiences for youths of all ages. Parents and the youngest children of the congregation gather for a monthly Tot Shabbat, family dinners and monthly programs for preschoolers. Temple Concord is home to the community’s largest L-r: Cantor Kari Siegel Eglash and Rabbi Daniel religious school. Children in Fellman are the clergy at Temple Concord.


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Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse

4313 E. Genesee St. DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-446-6194 Fax: 315-446-7936 Rabbi: Evan Shore Rabbi’s e-mail: Rabbi@stocsyracuse. org Website: www.stocsyracuse.org President: Michel Benaroch Board Chairman: Robert Shprintzen Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse is a Centrist Orthodox synagogue affiliated with the Union of

Orthodox Congregations of America. Congregants come from a wide range of religious backgrounds; all are welcome to explore the richness and modern-day relevance of Jewish scholarship and lifestyle. Service Schedule Monday-Friday 6:45 am (Rosh Chodesh 6:30 am); Sunday and legal holidays 8 am; Saturday 9 am (9:15 am winter); weekday afternoon service: approximately 15 minutes before sunset; with the exception of 7:15 pm throughout the summer. Call the synagogue office, or

check the website, for exact times. STOCS maintains daily morning and afternoon minyanim throughout the year. It has become a regular service stop-off point for travelers, particularly those plying the Toronto-New York City route. There is an active junior congregation, and children regularly prepare and deliver short d’vrei Torah at kiddush. The congregation’s youth are active in the local chapter and regional National Conference of Synagogue Youth. Shabbat and holiday dinners and luncheons are held throughout the year. The monthly Sunday morning speakers series, on widely varying topics, has been popular. In the fall of 2014, the synagogue hosted Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, as its scholar-in-residence. This past year, Lahav Harkov, senior Knesset reporter for The Jerusalem Post, and former Syracuse resident

Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider, now a Jerusalem educator and counselor, appeared in similar capacities. Learning is central at Shaarei Torah. Rabbi Evan Shore conducts weekly classes on the parasha, Talmud, “Jewish Thought” and halachah (Jewish law), and shares words of Torah at every minyan. The women’s parasha group meets on Rosh Chodesh for a women-only minyan. Members of the congregation and guest speakers often present lectures in their areas of expertise. STOCS members are actively involved in community organizations and pro-Israel activism. They have played a leading role in establishing and ensuring the ongoing viability of the eruv. For more information about Shaarei Torah, visit its website, which also provides a number of informative articles and videos; e-mail the rabbi; or call the shul office. Guests are always warmly welcomed.

The dedication of the completion of a new Torah that was a gift from the Feiglins – a hachnoses Torah.

Regional Synagogues Congregation Degel Israel 557 Thompson Blvd. Watertown, NY 13601 Phone: 315-782-2860 Website: http://watertownsynagogue.org President/Media Contact: Mary Elizabeth Oar – 315-486-7137 Past President: Neil Katzman – 315-788-0930 (evenings) E-mail: neil@softwaterbygeorge.com Established in the early 1890s and originally called Standard of Israel, Congregation Degel Israel is an egalitarian synagogue serving the Jewish community of the North Country. In 1985, the synagogue changed from traditional Conservative to egalitarian. Congregation Degel Israel celebrates Friday night Shabbat the first and third Fridays at 7:30 pm, occasional Saturday morning Shabbat services and all holidays, including High Holiday services. Guests are always welcome. Sunday school meets occasionally. Call the synagogue for more information.

Temple Beth-El – Geneva 755 South Main St. Geneva, NY 14456 Phone: 315-789-2945 Website: www.BethElGeneva.org E-mail: BethElGeneva@gmail.com Rabbi: Ann Landowne E-mail: rabbiann.tbegeneva@gmail.com President: Donna Cator E-mail: dcator@frontier.com Temple Beth-El of Geneva is an open and inclusive congregation that strives to be a center for Jewish life in Geneva and surrounding communities in the Finger Lakes. The synagogue is located on the shores of Seneca Lake. The spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El is Rabbi Ann Landowne. The congregation is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Visit the website (www.BethElGeneva.org) and sign up for the synagogues’s weekly e-mail. Call Rabbi Landowne at 914-645-1276 for further information. Services are held most Friday evenings at 7:30 pm, with an early family service once a month. Torah study is often held on Shabbat mornings at 10:30 am. Prior to attending, call or check the website to confirm the schedule.

Purim at Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse. (Photo courtesy of Robert Shprintzen)

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“What do Jews Believe?”; Jewish holiday information tables in the Schine Student Center on the Syracuse University campus; falafel night; Holocaust Awareness Week; World of Good Campaign; the Sukkamobile on campus; Jewish Heritage Week and book fair; Chanukah menorah distribution; mishloach manot and shmurah matzah distribution; Seder-to-Go; and anti-missionary programs and literature. The Sorkin Chabad House is constantly introducing new programs, such as a Jewish scribal arts demonstration in the Schine Student Center. The Chabad/Hillel women’s Rosh Chodesh group gives young Jewish women at Syracuse University the opportunity to bake traditional foods, such as Shabbat challah and hamantashen, and explore their Jewish heritage through discussion and mitzvot. In the past, the Sorkin Chabad House at SU arranged for its Sukkamobile to visit SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, Colgate University and Hamilton College, and also provided Purim and other holiday programs. In the past few years, three new Chabad Houses, branches of Chabad House at SU,

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have opened in the Central New York area, in addition to Chabad of Oswego, which opened eight years ago, under the directorship of Rabbi Yossi and Chana Madvig. The new Chabad Houses are Chabad of Clinton, 8 Dwight Ave., Clinton, NY 13323-1614 (phone 315-381-3491), under the directorship of Rabbi Diddy and Devorah Waks, serving the Jewish students and faculty at Hamilton College; Chabad of Madison County, Campus Chabad House, 122 Lebanon St., Hamilton, NY 13346 (phone 315-825-9012), under the directorship of Rabbi Shmuly and Chaya Haskelevich, serving the Jewish students and faculty at Colgate; and Chabad of Cortland, 28 Pleasant St., Cortland, NY 13045 (phone 607-218-5118), under the directorship of Rabbi Mendel and Neechana Deena Hecht, serving the Jewish community of Cortland and the Jewish students and faculty at SUNY Cortland. The Sorkin Chabad House also works in conjunction with the Mayanot Institute in recruiting and sending Jewish students on Birthright Israel. Chabad now also offers a new program, IsraeLinks, for those not eligible for Birthright.

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Syracuse area Jewish cemeteries

The following cemeteries as shown on the maps represent all the Jewish cemeteries in the community. Those with any questions regarding any of the cemeteries should call the Syracuse Jewish Cemeteries Association at 315-472-6341. Chevra Shas....................................................................... Jamesville Avenue ...................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Ahavath Achim.................................................................. Jamesville Avenue ...................................................................................... Foundation of Jewish Home of Central New York ...................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Anshe Sfard ...................................................................... (Beth El) Jamesville Avenue ...................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Workmens Circle............................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Adath Yeshurun................................................................. Jamesville Avenue and Thurber Street ...................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Frumah Packard ................................................................ Jamesville Avenue and Thurber Street ...................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Poiley Tzedeck ................................................................. Jamesville Avenue ....................................................................................... Temple Beth El ....................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Linas Hatzedeck................................................................ Jamesville Avenue ....................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Beth Israel.......................................................................... Colvin Street and Jamesville Avenue ...................................................................................... Temple Beth El ....................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Rosenbloom Cemetery...................................................... Colvin Street ...................................................................................... Temple Concord ...................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Beth El............................................................................... Upper and Lower ...................................................................................... Colvin Street and Hughes Place ...................................................................................... Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association Young Israel....................................................................... Oakwood Cemetery ...................................................................................... Jamesville Avenue Beth Sholom...................................................................... Oakwood Cemetery ...................................................................................... Comstock Avenue Temple Concord................................................................ Woodlawn Cemetery ...................................................................................... Grant Boulevard Thanks to Post 131, Jewish War Veterans of the U.S., for supplying the information. At left and below: Maps showing the locations of the cemeteries for which the Syracuse Jewish Cemetery Association is responsible. (Maps provided by Steven Sisskind)

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jazz, dance and choral; the Cinemagogue Series offers a variety of films with Jewish themes; and the Scholar Series presents local and national experts on a variety of political, cultural health and educational topics. Worship Opportunities Services in Hebrew and English are held Fridays at 6 pm (preceded by a “pre-oneg”). Many services feature the Knesset Shalom Singers (adult choir), Shirat Shalom Singers (youth choir) or the Shabbos Klezmorim Band (the TC band). There is a Shabbat morning service every Saturday at 11 am, except when there is a b’nai mitzvah. Many services in July and August are held outdoors in community parks, and are followed by barbecue or picnic dinners (check the service schedule at www.templeconcord.org). Services are held for all holy days and festivals. Every Member Counts The synagogue works to build its congregational family through a variety of holiday and social events. Chanukah and Pesach are marked with synagogue-wide events. The congregation’s website and weekly e-bulletin keep members up-to-date on synagogue events.

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Social Action Temple Concord continues to have a strong commitment to social action. Members maintain the synagogue’s twice-yearly commitment to serve a meal at the Samaritan Center and have established a partnership with the J.T. Roberts School in Syracuse. The synagogue houses “The Jewish Community’s Response to Hunger,” a food pantry that serves more than 150 families weekly and provides connections to local job counseling and social service agencies, fulfilling the highest level of tzedakah, helping people move toward independence. The congregation’s Social Action Committee collaborates with Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and Temple Adath Yeshurun on various issues, including dealing with hunger in Central New York. Temple Concord is an active member of the interfaith advocacy group ACTS, Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse. Temple Concord is located on the Connective Corridor in the Syracuse University neighborhood. Once the city’s primary Jewish community address, the location remains at the crossroads of Routes 81 and 690, offering easy access from all directions.


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Senior Living Menorah Park Hodes Way 4101 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13214 Phone: 315-446-9111 Website: www.menorahparkofcny. com Chief Executive Officer: Mary Ellen Bloodgood Meeting tomorrow’s needs for the next generation, Menorah Park is a non-profit, non-sectarian, continuum-of-care campus that goes beyond traditional care offered to active seniors. Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, Menorah Park provides a number of experiences and specialized services that include long-term skilled nursing, independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation services, home health care and a medical model adult day program. Menorah Park is a kosher campus that honors Jewish holidays and traditions. Shabbat services are offered every Friday night and Saturday morning, and the community is welcome to attend. To make everyone feel at home, worship services are also offered for residents who practice different faiths. Come to Menorah Park and make the next years of your life, or someone you care for, the best that they can be. Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center Director of Admissions Courtney Stevenson Phone: 315-446-9111, ext. 168 The Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center at Menorah Park provides care for adults requiring skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation. With 132 beds,

Cantor Francine Berg created the Forget-Me-Nots, a chorus comprised of more than 35 Menorah Park residents, many with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. including private rooms, the residents enjoy an expert and compassionate staff, comprehensive rehabilitation services, spiritual care services and activities. A specialty unit is available for Alzheimer and dementia patients on The Terrace, which is designed for the safety and well-being of these residents. The Sellin Rehab, located within the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center, is for people who have recently been discharged from area hospitals and need rehabilitative services to help regain their independence and restore lost or diminished life skills. Considered experts in their field, the therapists have worked in geriatric physical and occupational therapy for many years. The rehab team consists of professionals from different disciplines working together to give each resident individual services. The holistic approach includes physical therapists, oc-

cupational therapists, a speech/language therapist, physicians, nurses, a social worker and a dietician. The professional team works closely with the resident and family to create a treatment plan designed to bring each person to self-sufficiency and have a safe return to the community. Residents can take advantage of: ‹‹Opening soon: Center for Healthy Living featuring a bistro, new gardens, walking paths, gardens, fountains and more. ‹‹Private family dining rooms ‹‹Beauty salon and barbershop ‹‹Gift shop ‹‹Libraries ‹‹Gardens and walking paths ‹‹Synagogue ‹‹Reflections Room Rothschild Adult Day Program Contact: Mark Griffen, R.N. Phone: 315-446-9111, ext.128

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The Rothschild Adult Day Program at Menorah Park serves adults of all ages with physical and psychosocial healthcare needs. It is a medical model day program serving adults with health care needs, including medical management, therapies, education, support, activities and social work. Efforts extend beyond the senior community and across cultural, physical and mental barriers to create a positive atmosphere where everyone can achieve daily living skills. Sam Pomeranz Residence at The Inn at Menorah Park Director: Tom Carlson Phone: 315-446-9111, ext. 180 Eventually, everyone needs a little extra help. The Inn at Menorah Park, a licensed adult home and assisted living residence, enables residents to enjoy a home-like environment with the reassurance that help is always available to assist them. A caring staff provides the support and personal assistance that allow residents to maintain a high quality of life. Each resident has an individualized care plan that reflects their specific needs and preferences. Over time, the care plans reflect the changing needs of residents. Residents at The Inn can choose from a variety of spacious floor plans, including large one bedroom and master suites. Many of the apartments offer kitchenettes, ample storage and large bathrooms with walk-in safety showers. Each apartment is equipped with an emergency response system that allows residents to get help when they need it. See “Menorah” on page 18A

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Senior Living The Oaks at Menorah Park

18 Arbor Lane DeWitt, NY 13214 Phone: 315-449-3309 Fax: 315-449-1566 E-mail: oaksdirector@ menorahparkofcny.com Website: www.menorahparkofcny. com Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm Director: Patricia McGregor and Beth Beach The Oaks at Menorah Park is an independent retirement community for active seniors who desire elegant apartments, gourmet meals, beautiful grounds and superior services. Residents may choose from among one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom deluxe apartments. Residents individualize their apartments with their own furniture and belongings to suit their

tastes and styles. They can choose from different rental options, customizing their rental plan to best suit their needs and paying only for the services they want. The basic monthly rental includes gas and electric, 24-hour emergency response, continental breakfast and à la carte dining options. Basic cable TV, free Wi-Fi and housekeeping are all included in the rent. Among the community areas are a social center, courtyard café, restaurant-style dining room, private dining room, library, exercise room and barber/beauty shop. In addition, The Oaks is the only kosher fine dining facility in Central New York and it also caters. The public is welcome to dine in or take out a wide selection of fine glatt kosher offerings. Friday services are held at 5 pm, with Shabbat services on the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 11 am. Worship

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services are also offered at Menorah Park for The Oaks’ residents who practice different faiths. Gracious dining is provided every day at The Oaks. The mornings begin with a continental breakfast. At lunchtime during the week, homemade soups, salads and sandwiches may be purchased at the Courtyard Café. Elegant dinners are prepared by The Oaks’ chef Monday through Saturday and are served in a beautifully-appointed dining room. There is a brunch on Sunday. The wellgroomed grounds, walking path, patio and gazebo may be enjoyed at one’s leisure. Transportation to doctors’ appointments,

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grocery stores, banks and dry cleaners is provided for a small fee. There is ample parking for residents and valet parking is available in inclement weather. The Oaks offers an array of specialized wellness programs, including personalized exercise and fitness classes. The country-like setting is just minutes from the heart of Syracuse. At The Oaks, residents are close to major medical centers, as well as all the recreational, cultural, shopping and entertainment venues that Central New York has to offer. For active adults who cherish privacy and independence, The Oaks is the only place to be.

The Oaks offers kosher fine dining to the public and is the only kosher fine dining facility in Central New York. Community members often join residents to enjoy a meal in the dining room at The Oaks.

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Seen around the community

A giant puppet from Open Hand Theater danced with a group of festival attendees at the Jewish Music and Cultural Festival. (Photo by William Wallak)

The B’nai Mitzvah Teen Funders, a youth philanthropy group that is part of the Jewish Community Foundation. Front row (l-r): Ella Kornfeld, Nathan Sonnenfeld, Edwin Hirsh, Colby Porter, Rachel Scheer, Rebecca Blumenthal, Peri Lowenstein and Elise Beckman. Back row: Matthew Lynne, Alethea Shirilan-Howlett, Caleb Porter, Annie Weiss, Sophie Scheer, Abigail Charlamb and Alana Jacowitz. Missing from the photo, but also contributing to these grants, were Rachel Beckman, Allison Bergman, Max Charlamb, Rachel Elman, Adam Kiewe, Julie Silverman and Max Schulman.

DrumQuest’s Jimbo Talbot facilitated a drumming circle at the Cooperstown Village Library. Talbot facilitated drumming circles at Syracuse Jewish Family Service’s Family Time with the Family Service series.

Local rabbis participated in the Yom Hashoah memorial. L-r: Rabbi Leah Fein, Rabbi Daniel Fellman, Rabbi Daniel Jezer, Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone, Rabbi Irvin Beigel, Rabbi Evan Shore and Rabbi Paul Drazen.

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Ahavath Achim Apartments Program Coordinator: Patricia McGregor and Beth Beach Phone: 315-449-3309 The Ahavath Achim Apartments offer moderately-priced apartments that provide security, amenities and services for independent adults. Coupled with social opportunities and companionship, these apartments provide a safe and pleasant environment for adults seeking affordable living. Menorah Park Home Care Director of Menorah Park Home Care: Beverly Klein Phone: 315-446-9111, ext. 249 Providing adults with high quality healthcare is Menorah Park’s goal to help seniors meet the challenge of “aging in place” with the dignity and respect they deserve. Services are available for

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those living in the community, as well as those in private residences or group living arrangements. In collaboration with families and physicians, registered nurses develop individualized care plans that include personal care, nutrition and medication management. The Foundation at Menorah Park Contact: Susie Drazen Phone: 315-446-9111, ext. 141 Many of the programs and services offered for the residents at Menorah Park are made possible thanks to the fund-raising support and guidance of the Foundation. When you give to Menorah Park, you help provide the very best care now and for future generations. Menorah Park accepts all levels of gifts, and provides many opportunities to fulfill your giving interests and philanthropic goals.

The Drumlins Country Club is usually packed for the annual Jewish Home Open to benefit Menorah Park.

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of B’nai Mitzvah Fund holders who designate some of their fund to a pooled fund, meet twice a year and make group decisions on the grants. The teens operate much like an Allocations Committee, considering requests for grant proposals and deliberating over their decisions as a group. One way to ensure a healthy Jewish future is through the establishment of endowment funds. Endowed gifts, including those made from estate planning, the transfer of assets, and retirement fund beneficiary designations, are a permanent resource whose earnings may be used to meet the long-term and future financial needs of chosen organizations. A program can be tailor-made to support a dimension of charitable giving that is particularly compelling and important to the donor. Alternatively, a donor might prefer to

and their parents during the year. TAY co-sponsors the Syracuse Community Hebrew School for students in third through seventh grades. The United Synagogue Youth program (grades nine-12) and Kadima group (sixth-eighth grades) provide settings for young people to enjoy social events and participate in community service projects. The TAY Rothschild Early Childhood Center offers a free, optional Jewish enrichment program on Tuesdays and Fridays open to the wider Syracuse Jewish community. The RECC provides childcare for children from 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten. It uses a Reggio-inspired curriculum that prepares children for kindergarten through handson activities and project-based learning. A school-age program for 5-12-year-olds is also offered for before- and after-school, and for school breaks. Camp Rothschild is geared toward 5-12-year-olds and a C.I.T. program is offered for children aged 12-15. Preschool children take part in the summer camp experience with the addition of water play or swimming added to their normal routine, as well as extra time in the nature-based outdoor classroom and garden. Congregational Activities TAY offers a range of social, cultural and educational programming. Adult Jewish learning programs, such as Pause

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Button, a monthly Shabbat morning study; interactive discussions under the direction of Rabbi Paul Drazen; movies of Jewish interest; and lectures are open to the community and held throughout the year. This coming year will feature study sessions of “The Ethical Life” text study presented by the faculty of JTS. Other programming includes scholar-in-residence programs, Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an annual Chanukah dinner and Hava Nagrilla, an annual barbecue prepared by the men of the congregation. Social Organizations The TAY Sisterhood sponsors educational and social events, and its rummage sales are considered the best garage sales in town and provide resources for TAY. The TAY Hazak group for adults 55 and above has more than 125 active participants who gather monthly for movies, lectures, concerts, and local and regional excursions. The TAY Men’s Club provides community service opportunities through its blood drives and partnership with Habitat for Humanity, as well as social activities for the men of TAY. Temple Adath Yeshurun, an engaging, egalitarian Conservative congregation, provides the education, welcoming atmosphere and community that inspires its members to fulfill the words of Isaiah: “For My House shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Continued from page 7A

limit the benefits to a specific agency, organization or synagogue. Plans can readily be designed to implement any and all wishes. The memory of loved ones and the accomplishments of community leaders can be perpetuated through funds specially created in those individuals’ names. The Foundation hopes to serve as the repository of permanent endowment funds for the entire Central New York Jewish community. Another type of fund administered by the Foundation is Donor Advised Funds. Opened with a minimum of $2,500, these funds were created to make giving relevant and meaningful to people of all ages. Gifts can be made in cash, stock or by credit card. Not only does this simplify record keeping at tax time, but it also makes it possible to translate tzedakah into frequent flyer

miles if the donor uses a credit card. Once a fund is established, donors can then recommend grants to qualified Jewish and general community charitable organizations, such as an alma mater, professional group or favorite health-related organization, locally and around the country. The Foundation handles all the administrative and investment responsibilities and furnishes the donor with periodic reports of the fund’s activities. One hundred percent of the amounts contributed to the fund’s principal may be distributed. Board members since founding include Nancy Belkowitz, William Berinstein, Jeffry Berman, Neil Bronstein, Asher Black z”l, Gerald Black, Melvyn Charney, I. Stephen Davis, Mark Field, Deborah Friedman, Edgar Galson, Lionel Gilels, Bernard Goldberg z”l, Neil

Goldberg, Edward Green z”l, Victor Hershdorfer, Alexander Holstein, David Hootnick, Sheldon Horowitch, Martin Irwin, Sheldon Kall, Sheldon Kruth, Benjamin Levine, Steven Miron, Leslie Neulander z”l, Cheryl Patt, William Pearlman, Marilyn Pinsky, Philip Pinsky z”l, Norman Poltenson, Howard Port, Paul Roth, Arnold Rubenstein, Elaine Rubenstein, Philip Rubenstein, Jeffrey Scheer, Cheryl Schotz, Debrah Shulman, Steven Sisskind, Lynn Smith, J. Jeffrey Solomon z”l, Paul Solomon, John Sonne, Gershon Vincow, Steven Wells and Warren Wolfson. David Holstein is the founding attorney. For more information, contact Executive Director Linda Alexander, who will answer questions, facilitate strategic grant-making and administer any funds that might be established.


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The Lions of Judah women, who give a minimum $5,000 annual gift to the Federation’s Campaign.

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Syracuse Hebrew Day School students participated in Otto’s Fall Reading Kickoff, which was sponsored by the Syracuse University School of Education and Drivers’ Village. Front row (l-r): Dory Sinclair, “Otto” the mascot, Kaitlyn Cohen and Hazel Baltzersen. Back row: Leora Zames, Matthew Blumenthal, Arielle Eglash, Shimi Cooper, Zachary Fellman, Jonah Sahm and teacher Stacy Seidman.

L-r: Syracuse Hebrew Day School students and Club 56 members Ilana Jaffe and Joseph Seidman helped update the Federation’s Campaign contributions.

Participants in the Epstein School Teen Taste of Israel trip saw the Mediterranean and the Tel Aviv coast in Old Jaffa.

Children played games at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse’s 2016 Purim Carnival.

The first women’s seder in several years was held on March 22 at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse and drew 121 attendees. Syracuse’s women cantors led the seder. L-r: Cantor Paula Pepperstone, Ba’alat Tefillah Esa Jaffe, Cantor Kari Siegel-Eglash and Cantor Francine Berg.

Henry Sykes with the Ahasuerus grogger he made at the PJ Library table at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse Purim Carnival.

SHDS Club 56 members assisted in the decoration of the new community sukkah, donated with the help of the newly-formed community organization Council of Jewish Organizations. Each member agency had pledged to donate a portion of the funds necessary to purchase the new, bigger sukkah. Front row (l-r): Elyssa Ghalchi, Joseph Seidman, AJ Sikora, Jonah Jaffe, Eli Goldstein, Abigail Hinshaw and Ainsley Resig. Back row: Sam Wells, Eden Shirilan-Howlett, Mali Lamanna and India Roopnarine. (Missing from the picture was Ilana Jaffe.)

The community children’s choir and local cantors performed at the 2016 Yom Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community of Syracuse school-age campers attended the Ha’atzmaut community celebration. camp’s opening day last year.


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Wednesday, June 7 EARLY Deadline for July 22 JO Saturday, June 10 Temple Adath Yeshurun scholar-in-residence Rabbi Reuven Hammer brunch and learn “The Status of Non-Jews in Jewish Law and Lore Today” at 10:45 am Temple Concord Cinemagogue series presents “Apples from the Desert” at 7:30 pm Sunday, June 11 TAY scholar-in-residence Rabbi Reuven Hammer; coffee at 10:15 and Rabbi Hammer speaking on “Akiva: the Man and Myth,” based on his book, “Akiva: Life, Legend, Legacy” at 10:30 am Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse annual meeting at 9 am CBS-CS Hazak presents “The Seneca Strings Quartet” at 10 am Monday, June 12 Citizen Preparedness Corps at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center at 7 pm TAY book discussion on “21 Aldgate” by Patricia Friedberg at 7:30 pm Tuesday, June 13 Menorah Park will host a Tree of Honor Dedication tea at The Oaks at 4:15 pm Thursday, June 15 Menorah Park annual meeting at 6 pm Friday, June 16 TC annual meeting at 5:30 pm, with service and meal to follow at 6 pm Monday, June 19 TC Diaspora dinner at Erawan Thai Restaurant, Erie Boulevard at 6:30 pm Tuesday, June 20 Syracuse Hebrew Day School sixth grade graduation in the JCC auditorium at 7 pm Wednesday, June 21 JCC After School program goodbye barbeque at 5 pm CBS-CS Board meeting at 7:30 pm TAY board of directors at 7 pm Sunday, June 25 Jewish Music and Cultural Festival fund raiser concert at 4 pm Thursday, June 29 TAY annual meeting at 7 pm

Syracuse Hebrew Day School students once again placed more than 600 flags donated by Steven Sisskind and Jewish war veteran Steve Nathan at the graves of Jewish veterans buried in Syracuse Jewish cemeteries for Memorial Day.

Fifth and sixth grade students in the Syracuse Hebrew Day School Club 56 continued their tradition of planting flags donated by Steven Sisskind (standing in back) on the graves of Jewish war veterans.

Syracuse Hebrew Day School fifth and sixth grade students placed flags in the Chevra Shas Cemetery. Foreground: Abigail Hinshaw. Middle: Mali Lamanna. Background (l-r): A.J. Sikora, Jonah Jaffe and Ainsley Resig.

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they are not at the top of the leadership rung. Life has its disappointments for everyone, and leaders are not exempt from that. But what this parasha points out is that as a leader, you have to be able to move past the disappointment and set the right example for those under you. When you are finally given a task, you have to treat it as the most important thing you have ever been given, perform it with complete enthusiasm, and give it your best effort. I have found the best leaders to be those who lead by example, which makes their underlings strive to complete their tasks in the same way – with the same enthusiasm and passion. I mentioned that there are actually two leadership lessons. The second is how God handled Aaron’s disappointment. A good leader has to have the pulse of those under him or her and know when to be harsh and when to be kind. God knew that by giving Aaron the

important task of lighting the menorah, Aaron would feel important and not slighted by not being asked to give a dedication for the Levites. I suspect also that God knew Aaron would treat this task with the enthusiasm he ultimately exhibited. A good leader has to know his or her people and what needs to be done to get the best out of them, and that, more often than not, the “carrot” works better than the stick. One last leadership lesson from parasha BeHa’alotcha: At the end of the parasha, God orders Moses to gather 70 elders of Israel to help Moses lead the people because Moses states that he “cannot carry the entire burden of this nation alone, for it is too great for me.” The lesson here is very simple, but as old as the Bible itself. A good leader has to know his or her limitations and know when to ask for help. However, there is another aspect of leadership at work here: it is not enough to ask

Continued from page 2 for help, you have be willing to accept that help when it is actually given. God gives the 70 elders the spirit of God that was given to Moses, and together, Moses and the 70 elders effectively lead the people. Moses accepts God’s help with the same level of enthusiasm and passion that Aaron exhibited lighting the menorah. Therefore, we see from parasha BeHa’alotcha that good leaders have to do their jobs with enthusiasm and put their all into every aspect. If they do that, their actions will spur those under them to do the same. They have to know their people well enough to know how to get the best out of them. Finally, they have to know their limitations and when to ask for help, and accept that help willingly. These are three important leadership lessons that we all hope will be learned sooner than later by our leaders in Washington. Alan Sukert is an engineer with Xerox Corp. in Rochester and a member of Temple Adath Yeshurun.

OBITUARIES EDWIN H. “EDDIE” KRUPKIN

Edwin H. Krupkin, 80, formerly of Watertown, died at home in Zephyrhills, FL, on May 14. Born in Watertown, he graduated from Watertown High School and the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Canton. He served in the Army Reserves as a military policeman. For 52 years, he was the owner and operator of the Apex Army and Navy Store on Public Square until his retirement in 2009. The family business had been started in 1897 by his grandfather, Benjamin Krupkin, on Court Street, and later operated by his father, Louis. He was a member of Degel Israel Synagogue, Kiwanis Club of Watertown, Downtown Business Association, American Legion Post 61’s Color Guard and the Cosmopolitan Dance Club. In his youth, he was a YMCA state wrestling champion and, later in life, participated in various 5K and 10K races. Golf was his passion and he was a member of the Watertown Golf Club.

He was predeceased by his brother, Stuart; a stepson, Christopher Wilson; and his first wife, Patricia Davis, who died in 1991. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Patricia J. LaChance Carbone Krupkin; his children, Stephen D. (Elizabeth) Krupkin, of Evanston, IL, and Nicole Harrington and companion, Michael McCarty, of Watertown; his wife’s children, Carmen (Katrina) Carbone, of Watertown, Donald Carbone, of Zephrhills, FL, and Angela (Art) Clanton, of Annapolis, MD; 11 grandchildren; his brother, Sidney (Susan) Krupkin, of Sarasota, FL; his sister, Carole (Harvey) Koenig, of Syracuse; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Burial was in the Degel Israel Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cummings Funeral Service Inc., Watertown. Contributions can be made to Gulfside Hospice, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639; or the Degel Israel Synagogue, 557 Thompson Rd., Watertown, NY 13601.

DENE ALEXANDER SARASON

Dene Alexander Sarason, 97, died on May 24. Born in New York City, she moved to Syracuse in 1947. She attended Antioch College and then served as an administrative assistant to the National War Fund during World War II. She returned to college after all her children had begun attending school, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1960 at the age of 41. She then took several graduate courses in political science, gerontology and geriatrics. One of her first volunteer experiences was serving as the vice president of the board of the first Syracuse Jewish Community Center’s nursery school. She was a member of the Metropolitan Conference on Aging and attended the White House Conference on Aging. She also served on numerous boards, including president of Camp Fire Girls; Executive Committee of Planned Parenthood; first chairwoman of the Human Service Committee of the Syracuse Jewish Federation; vice president of

allocations for United Way; Central New York Community Foundation; WCNY; Aids Community Resources; and Loretto. She received the Post-Standard AllTime Woman of Achievement Award, as well as the Hannah G. Solomon Award from the National Council of Jewish Women, Syracuse Section. She was especially proud of her contribution of more than 10 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross blood bank. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Ernest L., in 2006. She is survived by her children, Alexandra Schwartz, Robert (Jane Burkhead), of Jamesville, and Ernie (Carol); seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services were at Temple Concord. Sisskind Funeral Service had arrangements. Contributions can be given to Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, 1120 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210; or the Food Pantry of Temple Concord, 910 Madison St., Syracuse, NY 13210.

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